Test Name

Lipid/Cardiac Risk Panel

Panel includes

Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides and VLDL

Specimen Type & Acceptability

7 days refrigerated.

General Use

Panel is used to assess cardiovascular disease risk and follow patient therapy.

CPT Code(s)


Special Instructions

Let clot for 10-20 minutes. After the sample is fully clotted, centrifuge the sample. Verify complete separation of cells and serum and refrigerate. If a fasting sample is required, the patient should fast for 12 hours preceding collection of serum specimen.

Container/Tube Type


2 mL Min. vol. = 500 ul

Suggested Tube Types


Typical Volume

Gold Top Serum Separator Tube (SST)

⋜ 5 mL

Tiger Top Serum Separator Tube (SST)
^For larger volume tests

> 5 mL

Red Top Tube (No additive)

⋜ 5 mL

EDTA Whole Blood

3 mL

3.2 % Sodium Citrate Whole Blood

2.7 mL

Lithium Heparin Plasma Separator Tube

⋜ 5 mL