Item Value
Test name Cholesterol, LDL
Available Stat? No
In House Availability Test available 24 hours per day 7 days per week
Performed by Parnassus, Mission Bay & Mt. Zion Chemistry
Normal range Total Cholesterol

Children and Adolescents (< 20 y/o):
Acceptable < 170 mg/dL
Borderline 170-199 mg/dL
High > 199 mg/dL


Adults (≥ 20 y/o):
Desirable < 200 mg/dL
Borderline 200-239 mg/dL
High > 239 mg/dL


HDL Cholesterol:

Acceptable > 39 mg/dL
Higher risk < 40 mg/dL
Lower risk > 59 mg/dL


LDL cholesterol

Children and Adolescents (< 20 y/o):
Acceptable < 110 mg/dL
Borderline high 110-129 mg/dL
High > 129 mg/dL


Adults: (≥ 20 y/o):
Optimal < 100 mg/dL
Near or above optimal 100-129 mg/dL
Borderline high-risk 130-159 mg/dL
High-risk 160-189 mg/dL
Very high-risk > 189 mg/dL


Total Cholesterol:HDL Cholesterol ratio:

Desirable < 6.0


Non-HDL Cholesterol values for adults (> 19 y/o):

Optimal < 130 mg/dL
Near or above optimal < 160 mg/dL
Borderline high-risk 160-189 mg/dL
High-risk > 189 mg/dL
Very high-risk > 219 mg/dL


Triglycerides:

Desirable (if fasting sample) < 150 mg/dL
Desirable (if not fasting sample) < 200 mg/dL



If non-fasting sample is 200 mg/dL or more, testing on fasting sample is recommended


Risk classifications based on combination of NCEP-ATPIII guidelines and American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines, 2013
Container type Gold top or Light Green top
Amount to Collect 3 mL blood
Sample type Serum or plasma

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