New Calculated Value for Non-HDL Cholesterol

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. The reference ranges for non-HDL-C are based on National Cholesterol Education III guidelines: Because non-HDL-C is simply a calculated parameter, there are no changes to the sample requirements for the "Lipid Panel". Questions can be directed to Matthew Krasowski, M.D., Ph.D. (Medical Director, Clinical Chemistry Laboratory) at 384-9380.