HDL Cholesterol

Sunquest Code:HDL  
Epic Code:LAB101Epic Name:HDL Cholesterol
Synonyms:Lipid; High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol
Methodology:Bichromatic end point
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Green (lithium heparin, gel) (Green (lithium heparin) on ICE, Green (sodium heparin, no gel), Green (sodium heparin, no gel) on ICE, Red (no gel), Red or gold (gel))
Collection Instructions:Specimen must be received in laboratory within 8 hours of collection.
Patient Preparation:Please do not eat 10-12 hours before your appointment if you are coming in fasting for labs on lipids, cholesterol, or glucose (sugar). This does not apply to pregnant women.
Water, tea or black cofee (with nothing added) is okay. Do not drink other fluids, diet soda or chew gum.
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Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Separate serum/plasma from red cells within 8 hours. Centrifuge and aliquot 1.25 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:Stability: Room temperature - 8 hours; refrigerated - 1 week; frozen - 3 months.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics, Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-East Bank, Oxboro Bloom, Fairview Lakes - FLMC, Fairview Ridges - FRH, Fairview Northland - FNMC, Fairview Southdale - FSH, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank, M Health Clinic and Surgery Center, Grand Itasca GICH)


Reference Range:
HDL Cholesterol  
0-19 y  ≥ to 45 mg/dL
Low: < 40 mg/dL
Borderline low: 40-44 mg/dL
20 y and older Males: ≥ 40 mg/dL
Females: ≥50 mg/dL
 GICH: All ages 23-92 mg/dL  
Use:To evaluate cardiovascular risk factors. New practice guidelines issued by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) are available at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/cholesterol/index.htm.

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