The tests in a lipid profile include total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides, according to CIA Health Screening. The report includes things such as the HDL/Total Cholesterol ratio, and the profile also calculates age, sex and other risk factors.
A lipid profile is used by medical professionals to make decisions on how at-risk individuals should be treated for their conditions. CIA Health Screening claims that lipid profiles should be used in conjunction with other medical factors, such as known risk factors of heart disease. Lipid profiles can be a good indicator of the likeliness of a person to have a heart attack or stroke due to blocked blood vessels.