Expect to receive your cholesterol results within 24 hours after your doctor sends your blood sample to the lab. Your doctor may call you with the results. If your doctor has a patient portal, your results may also be available there. Call your doctor if you have not received your test results within 72 hours of your test.

Your doctor may want to follow up with you in person to discuss your results. Depending on the results, your doctor may choose to put you on a medication called a statin. Statins are used to treat high cholesterol. Your doctor may also ask you to consider some dietary and lifestyle changes.

Your cholesterol test results will tell you the amount of three types of fat in your blood. The fat is measured in milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). Your test results will list high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, sometimes referred to as “good” cholesterol. The results will also list low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, sometimes referred to as “bad” cholesterol. Combined, the HDL and LDL cholesterol make up much of your total cholesterol level. Your results will also list triglycerides, which is another type of fat in your blood. 

For most people, the desirable levels of fat in your blood are listed below.

Desirable cholesterol levels

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