Test BackgroundThe fasting lipid profile assesses total cholesterol and total triglycerides, in addition to the high and low density lipoprotein cholesterol fractions, from which ratios may be derived. A patient’s lipid status is an independent modifier of cardiovascular disease pathology. Its subsequent targeting, by pharmacological or dietary means, lowers the risk for developing such diseases.
Clinical Indications Family history of cardiovascular or other thrombotic events Diagnosis and monitoring of hyperlipidaemia Monitoring of high-risk groups, eg. hypertensive, obese, diabetics, etc.
Sample Required SST (gold top)
Sample Volume 0.5 mL
Turnaround Time 1 day
Chol: JBS Guideline treatment targets: HEART 2005:91 Sup.V
High CVD risk goal Minimum goal
Total Cholesterol <4.0 <5.0
Non-HDL Cholesterol <3.0 <4.0
LDL-Chol (Calculated) <2.0 <3.0
See CVD risk prediction charts in BNF for primary prevention.
Please note LDL calculation is only valid if patient was fasting.
If Tg >4.5,
LDL Not valid when TG >4.5/Not Fasting. Use Non-HDL Cholesterol target.
Paediatric comments re Lipids
Total Cholesterol <4.4 mmol/L acceptable, >5.2 mmol/L high
LDL Cholesterol <2.8 mmol/L acceptable, >3.4 mmol/L high