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Coronary risk profile
Alternative namesLipoprotein/cholesterol analysis
A coronary risk profile involves a battery of blood tests to evaluate cholesterol and triglycerides ( lipids ). These are indicators of risk for heart disease .
How the test is performed
Adult or child:
How to prepare for the test
You should not eat or drink anything except water for 9-12 hours before having your blood drawn.
How the test will feelWhen the needle is inserted to draw blood, some people feel moderate pain, while others feel only a prick or stinging sensation. Afterward, there may be some throbbing.
Why the test is performed
The coronary risk profile is most often performed:
Note: mg/dL = milligrams per deciliter
The ideal values for patients with known coronary artery disease are different from those for patients without coronary disease.
What abnormal results mean
Elevated values indicate an increased risk for atherosclerosis and related disorders, including heart disease .
High values of HDL (greater than 35 mg/dL) are protective and are therefore desirable.
What the risks are
There is very little risk for having your blood drawn. However, veins and arteries vary in size from one patient to another and from one side of the body to the other. Obtaning a blood sample from some people may be more difficult than from others.
Conditions under which the test may be performed:
Update Date: 11/1/2002Patrick Lam, M.D., Division of Cardiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT