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Test Code HDL HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) Cholesterol, LAB101

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements


Preferred: Green-top (lithium heparin) tube

Acceptable: Gold-top serum gel tube, plain red-top tube, or lavender-top (EDTA) tube

Specimen Volume: 0.1 mL of plasma or serum

Stability: Separated specimens should be analyzed within 8 hours or kept at 2 – 8°C and

               analyzed within 7 days. For longer storage, samples may be frozen at -70 °C

               for up to three months. Samples may be frozen once.


Reference Values

≥40 mg/dL

The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) has set the following guidelines (reference values) for HDL cholesterol:

Low: <40 mg/dL

Normal: 40-60 mg/dL

Desirable: >60 mg/dL

Useful For

Low HDL cholesterol levels are associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease and coronary artery disease. Hence, the determination of serum HDL-cholesterol is a useful tool in identifying high-risk patients.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday


Liquid Selective Detergent

Test Classification and CPT Coding