Depending on your individual circumstances, your doctor may recommend other tests to help assess your risk of developing heart disease, including:

  • blood pressure
  • blood sugar (to screen for diabetes)
  • waist circumference (waist size)
  • waist-to-hip ratio (the size of your waist compared to your hips)
  • body mass index (BMI)
  • apo B (a molecule that's part of LDL and VLDL-C): may be used for people with the metabolic syndrome
  • Lp(a): may be used for people with a family history of early heart disease

Talk to your doctor to learn more about these tests and to find out whether you should be tested.