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Test Code BLOD0566 HDL Cholesterol, Plasma or Serum

Useful For

Cardiovascular risk assessment.  Epidemiological studies demonstrate the inverse association between HDL cholesterol levels and the incidence and prevalence of coronary heart disease.


Liquid-Selective Detergent/Bichromatic End point

Performing Laboratory

Bozeman Health Laboratory Services

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Plasma or serum
Container/Tube: Light-green top (lithium heparin gel), dark-green top, red top, or gold top
Specimen Volume: 1 mL
Specimen Minimum Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Label specimen as plasma or serum.

2. If there is a delay in transport of >8 hours, refrigerate specimen, and send specimen refrigerated.

Specimen Transport Temperature

Ambient <8 hours/Refrigerated >8 hours/Frozen

Specimen Stability


Specimen Type Temperature Time
Plasma or Serum Ambient 8 hours
  Refrigerated 7 days
  Frozen 3 months

Note: Specimen may be thawed only once.

Reference Values

Males: 32-72 mg/dL

Females: 39-96 mg/dL


The National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATP III) provides the following classifications of HDL-C concentrations:

    HDL cholesterol < 40 mg/dL [1.04 mmol/L] Low HDL cholesterol

    HDL cholesterol ≥ 60 mg/dL [1.55 mmol/L] High HDL cholesterol

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding