Unit: 1 Each
Contents: 1 Collection Kit (Instructions, Blood Collection Card, Lab Form, Blood Sample Return Bag, Prepaid Return Envelope, Wound Kit, Lab Processing, Results Reporting)
Determinations: Lipid Profile
Storage Requirements: 59° – 86° F
The Lipid Profile test measures the amount of total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL (high-density lipoprotein, “good cholesterol”), and calculated LDL (low-density lipoprotein, “bad cholesterol”) in blood. Each one is a distinctive type of fat that circulates in our blood. A certain amount of these fats are necessary for our bodies to function, particularly in maintaining cell membrane stability. However, having too much cholesterol in our blood can also be detrimental. It can cause deposits and build up in blood vessel walls, clogged arteries (known as atherosclerosis), and eventually blood clots leading to a heart attack or stroke. Knowing your cholesterol levels can help determine your risk of heart disease.
Unalterable Risk Factors for Coronary Disease:
- Gender – Males
- Menopausal decrease in Estrogen
- Family History
Alterable Risk Factors for Coronary Disease:
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol Levels
- Tobacco Smoking
- Excessive Alcohol Consumption
- Air Pollution
- Lack of Exercise
Although coronary disease is the leading cause of death in the US, only 20% of those cases can be attributed to genetic risk factors. By focusing on diet, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and regularly testing cholesterol levels, patients can be proactive in reducing their chances for heart disease.
Complete instructions are included, and sample collection is quite easy and virtually painless. A single finger stick using the enclosed lancet is all that is required to obtain the sample needed. Simply deposit the drops of blood on the collection card and wait a minimum of 10 minutes for it to dry. Then place the card in the enclosed postage paid return envelope along with your completed Laboratory Authorization Form, and drop in the nearest US mailbox.
After your sample has been analyzed at the Laboratory, you will receive a report by mail that clearly indicates if the results are normal or if a follow up with a health care provider is needed. Early detection of abnormal TSH levels greatly increases your chances for successful treatment.
Expect to receive your quantitative test results within one week from the time your test has been received by the Laboratory.
Lipid Profile Collection Kit (Mail-In) Includes:
Blood Collection Card
Blood Sample Return Bag
Prepaid Return Envelope
Wound Kit contains: (2) Lancets, Alcohol Prep Pad, Gauze and Band-aid