Cholesterol comes in two different types: HDL, which is known as good cholesterol. and LDL, which is known as bad cholesterol. These special lipids pass through the blood, delivering energy to cells or being used as precursors for several different types of hormones. When cholesterol is out of balance, especially if there is a high amount of LDL, it can lead to any number of health conditions. One of the most serious, of course, is heart disease.
Having a cholesterol panel performed at Dr. Abroon’s clinic on the Upper East Side of New York City can measure the amount of LDL and HDL in the blood stream. This will also reveal the amount of triglycerides you have, which can also influence cardiovascular health.
It’s important that you follow Dr. Abroon’s instructions regarding eating and drinking before the test. He might require you to fast before coming into our office to ensure an accurate reading. When fasting, you will need to abstain from eating or drinking after midnight the night before your appointment.
Be sure to let Dr. Abroon know about any medications you are taking or medical conditions you have when scheduling your cholesterol panel. Sometimes these things can influence the final reading and they might need to be compensated for.
If you live in the New York City area and you need a cholesterol panel performed, you should call 212-288-0900 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Abroon’s Clinic on the Upper East Side.