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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)