Lipid Panel


Additional preparation indicated for this test. See full description for details. The Lipid Panel measures both cholesterol (total, LDL, and HDL) and fat (triglycerides) in the blood. These four metrics are commonly used as risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Please note this test measures the same items as: the lipid panel with Total Cholesterol:HDL ratio, or lipid panel with LDL:HDL ratio, with the only difference being no ratio calculation is reported with the results (instead of Total Cholesterol:HDL Ratio, or LDL:HDL ratio respectively).


Preparation instructions: Maintain stable diet, ideally for two to three weeks prior to blood draw. Fasting is not required, however, fasting (12 to 14 hours preferred; eight hours acceptable) prior to collection of the specimen is recommended where the triglyceride value provides information for e.g. familial hypercholesterolemia, early onset heart disease, pancreatitis, or hypertriglyceridemia.

Description: A test that measures levels of lipids in the blood, including cholesterol and triglycerides.

Turnaround time: Expected turnaround is within one business day, although this may vary depending on other tests ordered for the same blood draw, and expected variation with testing.

Test includes:

  • Cholesterol, total
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (calculation)
  • Triglycerides
  • Very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol (calculation)