Alternate Names : Very-Low-Density Lipoprotein
Fat travels through the body in packages called lipoproteins. Very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) carries a type of fat known as triglycerides. This test measures the amount of VLDL in the blood. VLDL is usually measured with other lipoproteins, such as HDL and LDL. This is known as a lipid profile test.
Who is a candidate for the test?
The level of VLDL can help assess a person's risk of atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries. The test can also monitor how well medications prescribed to lower lipids are working.
How is the test performed?
The test is performed on a sample of blood. A needle is inserted into a vein, usually in the person's arm. Blood is then collected into a vial. A bandage and pressure are applied to the skin to prevent bleeding. The blood is sent to the lab for testing.