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HDL Cholesterol

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Also known as: HDL; HDL-C
Formal name: High-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine risk of developing heart disease

When to Get Tested?

As part of a regular health exam with a cholesterol test or lipid profile; at least once every five years in adults; children should have a lipid profile screening at least once between the ages of 9 and 11 and then again between the ages of 17 and 21.

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or from a fingerstick

Test Preparation Needed?

If this test is to be performed as part of a complete lipid profile, fasting for 9-12 hours typically will be required; only water is permitted. Follow any instructions you are given.