A lipid panel test is a kind of simple blood test that provides complete picture of the amount of total cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein present in unit deciliter of the blood. It is very important to diagnose your risk factor of getting heart disease. As for LDL the normal report should range between 100 mg/dl-129 mg/dl while for HDL it should be 40-60 mg/dl. For total cholesterol, it is 200 milligrams per deciliter.
Getting the lipid panel testing is important to gauge your risk factor or likelihood of getting heart disease. Doctors on the basis of the test report would suggest you to make dietary changes or lifestyle changes such as including aerobic exercises in your daily routine, taking cholesterol-lowering diet and others. Besides this, you doctor may prescribe you medications to lower cholesterol level such as Zetia, Fibrates, Niacin and others.