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Direct LDL Cholesterol

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Also known as: Direct LDL-C; Direct LDL; DLDL; LDL D
Formal name: Direct Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help determine your risk of developing heart disease and to monitor lipid-lowering lifestyle changes and drug therapies; to accurately determine your low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) level when you are not fasting

When to Get Tested?

As a follow-up to a lipid profile if your triglycerides are significantly elevated; at regular intervals to monitor efforts to lower LDL levels

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None; however, your health practitioner may request that you fast.