Non-HDL Cholesterol Calculation
Beginning October 1, 2009, the "Lipid Panel" orderable within Epic will include a calculation for non-high density lipoprotein (non-HDL-C). Non-HDL-C is calculated as total cholesterol minus HDL. The addition of non-HDL-C to the Lipid Panel reflects the recognition of this calculated value as a predictive factor in cardiovascular disease based on the National Cholesterol Education III studies. The reference ranges for non-HDL-C are based on National Cholesterol Education III guidelines: Desirable: < 130 mg/dL Borderline high: 139-159 mg/dL High: 160-189 mg/dL Very high: > or = 190 mg/dL Because non-HDL-C is simply a calculated parameter, there are no changes to the sample requirements for the "Lipid Panel".