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Lipid Panel Testing: “Which Lab Provider Do You Use?”

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Advanced lipid testing is usually performed in addition to a standard cholesterol test or “lipid panel,” which measures total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and triglycerides. Two commonly used advanced lipid tests are apolipoprotein B (apoB) and LDL particle number (LDL-P).

What is Advanced Lipid Testing?

Advanced lipid testing may be recommended by your  healthcare provider to optimize your cholesterol treatment.  Advanced lipid tests are performed because standard  cholesterol tests may not completely represent  cholesterol-related risk for heart attacks and strokes. Some  people—especially people with diabetes, insulin resistance, or  cardiovascular disease—continue to have progression of  cardiovascular disease, even when their low-density lipoprotein  (LDL) cholesterol is at goal. Advanced lipid testing is usually performed in addition to a  standard cholesterol test or “lipid panel,” which measures total  cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL)  cholesterol and triglycerides. Two commonly used advanced  lipid tests are apolipoprotein B (apoB) and LDL particle number  (LDL-P). (Source: https://www.lipid.org/sites/default/files/advanced-lipid-testing-tear-sheet_0.pdf)

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