(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.
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