(HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol tests, also known as lipid panels and profiles, are blood tests that measure the amount of cholesterol in your blood, says Mayo Clinic. As high cholesterol is a prime risk factor for heart disease, cholesterol tests are an important tool.
Mayo Clinic suggests that these people get a cholesterol test:
- Those with a family history of high cholesterol or heart attack.
- Overweight or physically inactive people.
- People with diabetes.
- Those who eat an unhealthy diet or smoke.
- Men older than 45 and women older than 55.