Cholesterol, HDL and LDL
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α1-Lipoprotein cholesterol, high-density cholesterol, HDLC, and β-lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density cholesterol, LDLC.
To assess risk and monitor for coronary artery disease.
Serum collected in a gold-, red-, or red/gray-top tube.
|HDLC||Conventional Units||SI Units (Conventional Units × 0.0259)|
|Birth||6–56 mg/dL||0.16–1.45 mmol/L|
|Children, adults, and older adults|
|Desirable||Greater than 60 mg/dL||Greater than 1.55 mmol/L|
|Acceptable||40–60 mg/dL||1–1.55 mmol/L|
|Low||Less than 40 mg/dL||Less than 1 mmol/L|
|LDLC||Conventional Units||SI Units (Conventional Units × 0.0259)|
|Optimal||Less than 100 mg/dL||Less than 2.59 mmol/L|
|Near optimal||100–129 mg/dL||2.59–3.34 mmol/L|
|Borderline high||130–159 mg/dL||3.37–4.11 mmol/L|
|High||160–189 mg/dL||4.14–4.9 mmol/L|
|Very high||Greater than 190 mg/dL||Greater than 4.92 mmol/L|
|NMR LDLC Particle Number||NMR LDLC Small Particle Size|
|High-risk CAD||Less than 1,000 nmol/L||Less than 528 nmol/L|
|Moderately high-risk CAD||Less than 1,300 nmol/L||Less than 528 nmol/L|
|CAD, coronary artery disease; NMR, nuclear magnetic resonance.|