Lipid Panel
Ordering Recommendation

Assess cardiovascular disease risk and guide therapy.

Quantitative Enzymatic
Within 24 hours
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Refer to individual components. 
Plasma separator tube or serum separator tube. 
Specimen Preparation
Allow serum tube to clot completely at room temperature. Separate serum or plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.5 mL) 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Body Fluid (refer to Cholesterol, Fluid, ARUP test code 0020714; Triglycerides, Fluid ARUP test code 0020713; and Chylomicron Screen, Body Fluid, ARUP test code 0098457). 
After separation from cells: Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 3 months 
Reference Interval
Interpretive Data
An HDL cholesterol less than 40 mg/dL is low and constitutes a coronary heart disease risk factor. An HDL cholesterol greater than 60 mg/dL is a negative risk factor for coronary heart disease.

Non-HDL cholesterol is a secondary target of therapy in persons with high serum triglycerides (greater than 199 mg/dL). The goal for non-HDL cholesterol in persons with high triglycerides is 30 mg/dL higher than their LDL cholesterol goal.

CHD Risk Factors
+1 Age: Men, 45 years and older
Women, 55 years and older or premature menopause without estrogen therapy
+1 Family history of premature CHD
+1 Current smoking
+1 Hypertension
+1 Diabetes mellitus
+1 Low HDL cholesterol: 39 mg/dL or less
-1 High HDL cholesterol: 60 mg/dL or greater

Adult Values
Higher Risk
Total Cholesterol199 mg/dL or less200-239 mg/dL240 mg/dL or greater
Triglycerides149 mg/dL or less150-199 mg/dL200-499 mg/dL
HDL Cholesterol40 mg/dL or greater 39 mg/dL or less
LDL Cholesterol (calculated)129 mg/dL or less
(99 mg/dL or less if patient has CHD)
130-159 mg/dL160 mg/dL or greater
VLDL Cholesterol (calculated)30 mg/dL or less

Children & Adolescents
Higher Risk
Total Cholesterol169 mg/dL or less170-199 mg/dL200 mg/dL or greater
Triglycerides149 mg/dL or less150-199 mg/dL200-499 mg/dL
HDL Cholesterol40 mg/dL or greater 39 mg/dL or less
LDL-Cholesterol109 mg/dL or less110-129 mg/dL130 mg/dL or greater
VLDL Cholesterol (calculated)30 mg/dL or less

Hotline History
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Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0020031Cholesterol, Serum or Plasma2093-3
0020040Triglycerides, Serum or Plasma2571-8
0020051LDL Cholesterol, Calculated13457-7
0020053HDL Cholesterol2085-9
0020551Very Low Density Lipoprotein, Calc13458-5
0020705Non-HDL Cholesterol43396-1
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  • Cholesterol, Serum or Plasma
  • Coronary Risk Panel
  • HDL Cholesterol
  • LDL Cholesterol, Calculated
  • Non-HDL Cholesterol
  • Triglycerides, Serum or Plasma
  • VDL calculated
  • Very Low Density Lipoprotein, Calc