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Several diagnostic tests may be used to accurately diagnose lipid disorders.

  • Cholesterol test (lipid panel) – A commonly used blood test that measures levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
  • Advanced lipid profile testing – A more sophisticated test that goes beyond standard screening to further identify the various components of cholesterol.
  • Lipoprotein(a) test – A newer blood test, not part of a standard lipid panel, that is used to measure the amount of LDL or low-density lipoprotein in your blood. Lipoprotein(a) is a lesser known type of LDL, or bad cholesterol. An elevated Lp (A) level in your blood can indicate a higher level of risk for heart attack, stroke or aortic stenosis in the future.
  • Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scan/scoring – A non-invasive test that uses CT imaging to measure the amount of calcium in the arteries. Also called a heart scan, it helps determine the risk of coronary artery disease or heart attack.
  • Exercise stress testing
  • Vascular lab
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