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To assess and monitor risk for coronary artery disease.
Serum collected in a gold-, red-, or red/gray-top tube. Plasma collected in a green-top (heparin) tube is also acceptable. It is important to use the same tube type when serial specimen collections are anticipated for consistency in testing.
|Risk||Conventional Units||SI Units (Conventional Units × 0.0259)|
|Children and adolescents (less than 20 yr)|
| Desirable||Less than 170 mg/dL||Less than 4.4 mmol/L|
| Borderline||170–199 mg/dL||4.4–5.2 mmol/L|
| High||Greater than 200 mg/dL||Greater than 5.2 mmol/L|
|Adults and older adults|
| Desirable||Less than 200 mg/dL||Less than 5.2 mmol/L|
| Borderline||200–239 mg/dL||5.2–6.2 mmol/L|
| High||Greater than 240 mg/dL||Greater than 6.2 mmol/L|
|Plasma values may be 10% lower than serum values.|
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Bladh, Mickey Lynn., and Anne M. Van Leeuwen. "Cholesterol, Total." Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests, 7th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425079/all/Cholesterol__Total.
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Cholesterol, Total. Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. 7th ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425079/all/Cholesterol__Total. Accessed April 23, 2019.
Bladh, M. L., & Van Leeuwen, A. M. (2017). Cholesterol, Total. In Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. Available from https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425079/all/Cholesterol__Total
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Cholesterol, Total [Internet]. In: Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 April 23]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425079/all/Cholesterol__Total.
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