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Diagnosis of Lipid Disorders
Lipid disorders are diagnosed with blood tests that measure the level of cholesterol and triglyceride in the blood.
Cholesterol levels are checked with a blood test. A small blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm. You may need to fast for several hours, usually overnight, before your blood is taken. The test measures levels of:
The readings are interpreted as follows:
mg/dL = milligrams per deciliter of blood; (mmol/L= millimoles per liter of blood)
ATP III guidelines at a glance quick desk reference. National Cholesterol Education Program. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/cholesterol/atglance.pdf . Updated May 2001. Accessed March 22, 2013.
Hypercholesterolemia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated February 11, 2013. Accessed March 22, 2013.
Hypertriglyceridemia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated January 17, 2013. Accessed March 22, 2013.
Last reviewed June 2013 by Brian Randall, MD
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