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


Liquid Selective Detergent

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

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding


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.