August 28, 2014
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Cholesterol

 Health Home >> Cholesterol >> Testing, testing 

What does a cholesterol test measure?

A cholesterol test, also called a lipid profile, is a simple blood test that measures more than just the total amount of cholesterol in your blood. The table below shows what is measured:

Items measured in a cholesterol test

What is measured Also known as Description
LDL-C (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol LDL-C LDL-C cholesterol is the "bad" cholesterol that clogs your arteries and increases the risk of developing heart disease.
HDL-C (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol HDL-C HDL-C cholesterol is the "good" cholesterol that clears LDL-C cholesterol out of your arteries.
TG (triglycerides) TG are a non-cholesterol type of fat. TG increase the risk of developing heart disease. TG can also lower the levels of HDL cholesterol.
TC (total cholesterol) TC is a measure of the total amount of LDL-C cholesterol, HDL-C cholesterol, and VLDL cholesterol.
Total cholesterol/ HDL-C ratio TC:HDL-C ratio This is the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL-C cholesterol. It is a number calculated by dividing the total cholesterol by HDL-C cholesterol (TC ÷ HDL-C).

For more information on LDL-C, HDL-C, TG, and TC, see "Good" and "bad" cholesterol... what does it all mean?

Ask your doctor whether you should have your cholesterol tested.


Did you find what you were looking for on our website? Please let us know.

Ad

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are meant to be discussed with your physician or other qualified health care professional before being acted on. Never disregard any advice given to you by your doctor or other qualified health care professional. Always seek the advice of a physician or other licensed health care professional regarding any questions you have about your medical condition(s) and treatment(s). This site is not a substitute for medical advice.

© 1996 - 2014 MediResource Inc. - MediResource reaches millions of Canadians each year.