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LDL Cholesterol, measured

LDL Cholesterol, measured

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LDL Cholesterol, measured
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About the Test

Ordering the LDL Cholesterol with Access Medical Laboratories

LDL (low-density lipoprotein), also known as “bad” cholesterol, makes up most of the body’s cholesterol. High LDL cholesterol levels can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

When the body has too much LDL cholesterol, it can build up on the endothelium of the blood vessels. This is called “plaque.” As the blood vessels build up plaque over time, the insides of the vessels narrow. This may cause the blocking of the blood flow to and from the heart and other organs. The consequence can be chest pain or a heart attack.

Thus, a cholesterol test can help the physician to determine the risk of plaques in a patient’s arteries. A family history of high cholesterol can also increase the risk of high LDL cholesterol.

Less than 100 mg/dL is the recommended LDL cholesterol level.

Severe Complications of High LDL Cholesterol Include:

  • Heart Attack
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Stroke

Which Patients is the LDL Cholesterol with Access Medical Laboratories Best Used For?

  • The physician may order a cholesterol test as part of a routine exam.
  • The American Heart Association recommends that all adults age 20 or older have their cholesterol checked every four to six years.
  • It is important to request a cholesterol test if the individual has a family history of heart disease.
  • Or if the patient is at high risk for cardiovascular disease.

About the Test

This is a single-marker test measuring LDL cholesterol.

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Sample Type
Shipping Time
1 - 6 days
Turnaround Time
3 days
Test Preparation Starts
Up to 12 hours before collection
Number of Collection Days
1 day
Methods Used For Processing
Lab Certifications
CLIA Certified
CAP Accredited
ISO 15189
COLA Accredited
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