Lipid Profile: Parametric test sounds simple but significant in diagnostic approach
Lipid profile test is usually requested by physician to determine the subject’s risk of coronary heart diseases. The items in the panel of profile have shown to be fantastic indicators as prognostic and diagnostic tools in analyzing the risk of subject who is likely to have a heart attack or stroke in future. This test is very significant is diagnosis of wide variety of diseases and could be used as a markers. The other important area of concern is the risk caused solely by low density lipoprotein (LDL) which is recognized as an important risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD) and is the main target for lipid lowering therapy. Apart from the lipid profile as a prognostic tool in cardiovascular diseases, the concomitant measurement of plasma hsCRP levels is highly recommended as it acts as an inflammatory marker. Apart from cardiovascular diseases, there are many more diseases where lipid profile may serve as a prognostic factor. One such is in cancer patients. In some malignant diseases, the serum cholesterol is altered significantly. The lipid profile prognostic significance can also
be observed in patients with falciparum malaria. The diagnostic importance of lipid profile changes can also be exploited in cases with acute pancreatitis. Even in cases of liver disorder the lipid parameters are affected.