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Non-High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol

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

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help determine your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD); to monitor treatment

When to Get Tested?

For Screening when no risk factors present: for adults, every four to six years; for youths, once between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between ages 17 and 21

For Monitoring: at regular intervals when risk factors are present, when prior results showed high-risk levels, and/or to monitor effectiveness of treatment

Sample Required?

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

Test Preparation Needed?

For a fasting lipid profile, fasting for 9-12 hours (water only) before having your blood drawn is typically required, but some labs offer non-fasting lipid testing. In particular, testing may be done without fasting for youths without risk factors. Follow any instructions you are given and tell the person drawing your blood whether or not you have fasted.