A Coronary Risk Profile is basically a group of blood tests that is used to measure the level of lipids such as cholesterol and triglyceride. This test is used to help determine your risk for heart disease, particularly cardiovascular disease (CVD).
What is it?
A coronary risk profile (a.k.a. Lipid Profile or Lipid Test) is a group of blood tests used to measure your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. This test will help to determine the risk of you developing heart disease such as Cardiovascular disease (CVD) or artherosclerosis.
Lipids are fat-like substances that are important constituents of cells and representing itself as sources of energy. With coronary risk profile, it will measure the level of a specific lipids in the blood such as cholesterol. Cholesterol is a soft, wax-like substance found in all parts of the body, it is necessary for your body as it is the source of energy for the body to work properly but too much cholesterol can clog your arteries and lead to heart disease, stroke, and other problems.
This test is done so to help better understand the risk for heart disease, strokes and other problems caused by blocked arteries. It is recommended for adults to have their tests to determine the risk (for men at the age 35 and for women at the age of 45) and especially for people who have suffered from heart disease and high blood pressure should take the test.
How to Identify?
What to Do?
A blood sample is obtained by having a needle or a syringe inserted into a vein. The blood sample that has been obtained will be later tested for its cholesterol and triglycerides which will determine the risk of developing heart disease. A complete test includes the calculation of four types of fats (lipids) in the blood:
- Total Cholestrol
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol