LDL Cholesterol (Direct)
Patients are not required to fast prior to blood collection. Nonfasting and fasting samples can be used. Nonfasting results are slightly lower than fasting results.
The LDL Cholesterol (Direct) test is used for the direct determination of LDL cholesterol in nonfasting patients or in patients whose fasting triglycerides are >400 mg/dL, where the estimation of LDL by calculation may not be possible or may lead to inaccuracies. LDL cholesterol measurement, in conjunction with other lipid measurements, has been shown to be useful in assessing the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).