LDL Cholesterol, Measured
LDL cholesterol testing measures the amount of LDL cholesterol in your blood. LDL levels can provide information about cardiovascular health.
What is LDL?
Cholesterol is important for cellular function. About 70% of the cholesterol in your body is carried in the form of low-density particles called LDL or LDL-C.
Why is LDL Important?
LDL or LDL-c is the most accurate indicator for heart attack risk. LDL levels are associated with developing cholesterol plaques in the arteries and are associated with heart disease.
Why get a Measured LDL
The typical lipid or cholesterol profile measures cholesterol, HDL (high-density lipoproteins) and triglycerides. The LDL value is calculated using a formula based on these other values. This calculation is usually fairly accurate but is determined indirectly. A direct or measured LDL actually measures the LDL in the blood using an enzymatic method to provide the most accurate results.
- 1 mL serum collected
Who should get a LDL Cholesterol, Measured Test?
LDL cholesterol testing may be used to monitor changes in cholesterol over time. Changes in cholesterol levels could lead to cardiovascular disease. Doctors will take factors such as age, family history, and other medical conditions when determining how often you should check your levels of LDL cholesterol.
- Doctors will suggest you test your cholesterol levels more regularly if you or your family have a history of heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, or eat a lot of saturated fats.
- Note: Result turnaround times are only an estimate and may be subject to change.
- Test turnaround time for the Lipid Panel with Calculated LDL Test is typically 3-5 business days.
- No special preparation is needed