Direct LDL Cholesterol

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Also known as: Direct LDL-C; Direct LDL; DLDL; LDL D
Formal name: Direct Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help determine your risk of developing heart disease and to monitor lipid-lowering lifestyle changes and drug therapies; to accurately determine your low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentration when you have raised triglyceride concentrations

When to Get Tested?

As a follow-up to a lipid profile if your triglycerides are significantly elevated; at regular intervals to monitor efforts to lower LDL concentrations

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

No test preparation is needed. Your doctor might recommend that you fast (water only) for 14 hours prior to the test so that other related substances can be measured in the same sample.