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High density lipoprotein (HDL) is a form of cholesterol also known as "good cholesterol" that lowers the risk of heart diseases and strokes. HDL helps to remove the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) from the blood thus opening up the clogged arteries for better blood flow. HDL test is thus a blood test that indicates the lipoprotein levels in the blood. HDL levels are often used to predict the risk of cardiac diseases.

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HDL test is often a part of lipid profile done to monitor the risk of heart diseases, stroke or any other medical condition that involves the blood vessels[arteries] like peripheral arterial diseases. In known cases of heart diseases the test is done to monitor the effectiveness of treatment and medications. How often the test should be done will depend on age, sex and risk of heart diseases.

The HDL test measures the level of HDL cholesterol which is a form of good cholesterol in the blood.

The blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm, using a small needle. After the needle is inserted, a small amount of blood will be collected into a test tube or vial. You may feel a  little sting when the needle goes in or out. This usually takes less than five minutes.

The ideal levels for HDL differ as per the age and gender specific guidelines. Good or high levels of HDL signify that the heart is functioning well and low cardiovascular risk. High HDL may also occur due to thyroid disorders, certain medications and inherited conditions. In these cases, high HDL levels may not be beneficial. 
Low HDL levels in conjunction with other blood markers indicate higher risk for cardiac diseases and stroke. Low HDL levels may also occur due to certain underlying conditions like diabetes and prediabetes. HDL levels should also be correlated with other parameters like LDL, triglyceride levels and the blood pressure to predict the cardiac health.

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