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See Also Lab Tests

This test is part of the lipid profile, which is performed to identify persons at risk for developing heart disease as well as to monitor therapy if abnormalities are found.[1]


  • Lipoproteins are proteins in the blood that transport cholesterol, triglycerides, and other insoluble fats. They are grouped into chylomicrons, LDLs, VLDLs, and HDLs.
  • VLDLs, or very-low-density lipoproteins are types of non-HDL, or non-high density lipoprotein cholesterol.
  • Non-HDL cholesterol has been found to be a useful predictor of coronary outcomes.

Patient Preparation

  • Fasting is required 12-14 hours before testing.

Clinical Implications

High levels indicate:

Low levels indicate:

Associated Tests


  1. Pagana Kathleen D, Pagana Timothy J (2006) Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, Mosby.