Test includes total cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol (calculated). This panel is commonly ordered to assist in assessing risk of coronary artery disease. Do not confuse with Lipoprotein Electrophoresis, Serum which provides different information (see listing) and is ordered much less frequently. In the Lipid Panel, LDL cholesterol is calculated when the triglyceride is 400 mg/dL. When triglyceride is >400 mg/dL, LDL cholesterol is not reported.
Patient should fast for 12-14 hours prior to collection of specimen.