LDL CHOLESTEROL, DIRECT

Code
400.4535
Name
LDL CHOLESTEROL, DIRECT
Category
None
Department
Chemistry
Start Date
Expiration Date
Synonyms
Direct LDL, LDLD
CPT Codes
83721
Site
Main Lab
Reference Test
ATLAS Test Code

Specimen Information

Type

Gold, SST

Volume

1.0 ml

Transport Info

Room Temperature
7 day stability

Fasting Required?
True
Patient Instructions

Reference Range

See report

Methodology

Enzymatic

Clinical Significance

Predict the risk of coronary arterial atherosclerosis—high LDL is a risk factor for atherosclerotic heart disease (ASHD).

The cholesterol of atherosclerotic plaques is derived from low density lipoproteins (LDL). Increases in LDL cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease. Due to the protective properties of high density lipoproteins (HDL), the LDL cholesterol/HDL cholesterol ratio provides a better indication of risk than either single result.

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