Managing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk using serum specimens
|Test Id||Reporting Name||Available Separately||Always Performed|
|CHOL||Cholesterol, Total, S||Yes||Yes|
|HDCH||Cholesterol, HDL, S||Yes||Yes|
|CLDL1||Cholesterol, LDL, Calculated, S||No||Yes|
|NHDCH||Cholesterol, Non-HDL, Calculated, S||No||Yes|
|INTC1||Fasting (8 HR or more)||No||Yes|
CHOL, TRIG, HDCH: Enzymatic Colorimetric
CLDL1, NHDCH: Calculation
|INTC1||Fasting (8 HR or more)|
Patient Preparation: Fasting is preferred but not required unless directed by the ordering provider.
Preferred: Serum gel
Acceptable: Red top
Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial
Specimen Volume: 1 mL
1. Serum gel tube must be centrifuged within 2 hours of collection.
2. Red-top tube must be centrifuged and the serum aliquoted into a plastic vial within 2 hours of collection.
|Specimen Type||Temperature||Time||Special Container|
|Serum||Refrigerated (preferred)||7 days|
Managing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk using serum specimens
Lipoprotein cholesterol measurements are essential in managing risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Atherosclerosis is defined by a buildup of plaque within arterial walls. ASCVD includes coronary heart disease, strokes, and peripheral artery disease. ASCVD develops over decades and is often asymptomatic until the patient experiences a life-threatening event such as a heart attack, stroke, or aneurysm.
Cholesterol is a lipid that is synthesized in most tissues and actively absorbed from the diet. There is a strong association between serum cholesterol concentrations and cardiovascular disease.
Cholesterol is carried in the blood by lipoproteins. Some lipoproteins carry a stronger risk of cardiovascular disease while others are associated with reduced cardiovascular risk. Total cholesterol concentration includes the sum of all "good" and "bad" cholesterol. Therefore, total cholesterol is recommended to be interpreted in context of a lipid panel that includes high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and triglyceride measurements.
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is the primary lipoprotein responsible for atherogenic plaque. Very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C) is also atherogenic and the combination of LDL-C and VLDL-C is called non-HDL cholesterol and often referred to as "bad" cholesterol. Serum total cholesterol, LDL-C, and non-HDL cholesterol are all directly associated with risk for ASCVD.
HDL-C is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Excess cholesterol is actively pumped into HDL to be carried in the blood circulation and cleared by the liver in a process known as reverse cholesterol transport. For these reasons, HDL-C is often referred to as "good" cholesterol.
Triglycerides are oily lipids carried in the blood by lipoproteins. Triglycerides are primarily carried by VLDL, chylomicrons, and remnant lipoproteins. Recent evidence supports triglycerides as an independent risk factor for ASCVD. Several conditions are associated with increased plasma triglycerides, including obesity, pregnancy, physical inactivity, excess alcohol intake, kidney disease, and diabetes. Elevated triglycerides are often associated with reduced HDL-C, insulin resistance, hypertension, fatty liver disease, and increased waist circumference. In addition to cardiovascular risk, elevated triglycerides confer a risk for acute pancreatitis.
The National Lipid Association and the National Cholesterol Education Program have set the following guidelines for lipids in a context of cardiovascular risk for adults 18 years of age and older:
Desirable: <200 mg/dL
Borderline High: 200-239 mg/dL
High: > or =240 mg/dL
Normal: <150 mg/dL
Borderline High: 150-199 mg/dL
High: 200-499 mg/dL
Very High: > or =500 mg/dL
HIGH DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN (HDL) CHOLESTEROL
> or =40 mg/dL
> or =50 mg/dL
LOW DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN (LDL) CHOLESTEROL
Desirable: <100 mg/dL
Above Desirable: 100-129 mg/dL
Borderline High: 130-159 mg/dL
High: 160-189 mg/dL
Very High: > or =190 mg/dL
Desirable: <130 mg/dL
Above Desirable: 130-159 mg/dL
Borderline High: 160-189 mg/dL
High: 190-219 mg/dL
Very High: > or =220 mg/dL
The Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents has set the following guidelines for lipids in a context of cardiovascular risk for children ages 2-17:
Reference values have not been established for patients who are younger than 24 months of age.
Acceptable: <170 mg/dL
Borderline High: 170-199 mg/dL
High: > or =200 mg/dL
Acceptable: <75 mg/dL
Borderline High: 75-99 mg/dL
High: > or =100mg/dL
Acceptable: <90 mg/dL
Borderline High: 90-129 mg/dL
High: > or =130 mg/dL
Low HDL: <40 mg/dL
Borderline Low: 40-45 mg/dL
Acceptable: >45 mg/dL
Acceptable: <110 mg/dL
Borderline High: 110-129 mg/dL
High: > or =130 mg/dL
Acceptable: <120 mg/dL
Borderline High: 120-144 mg/dL
High: > or =145 mg/dL
Maintaining desirable concentrations of lipids lowers atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk. Establishing appropriate treatment strategies and lipid goals require blood lipid values be considered in context with other risk factors including, age, sex, smoking status, and medical history of hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Triglycerides results of 500 mg/dL or above are severely elevated increasing the risk of pancreatitis.
Triglycerides can be lowered by increasing physical activity, low-fat diet, weight loss, and/or triglyceride lowering pharmaceuticals.
Low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol can be increased by the same lifestyle changes that reduce risk for cardiovascular disease; physical activity, smoking cessation, and eating healthier. However, medications that specifically increase HDL levels have failed to reduce cardiovascular disease.
Extremely low HDL values (<20 mg/dL) may indicate liver disease or inherited dyslipidemia.
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol results of 190 mg/dL or above in adults (> or =160 mg/dL in children) are severely elevated and may indicate familial hypercholesterolemia.
For non-HDL cholesterol results of 220 mg/dL or above, a possible inherited hyperlipidemia diagnosis should be considered.
Consuming alcohol or fatty foods 24 hours prior to specimen collection can increase serum triglycerides.
Eating a meal 12 hours prior to specimen collection can increase serum triglycerides.
Calculated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol is not applicable when triglyceride levels are greater than 800 mg/dL.
Consider repeat measurement of lipids prior to initiating or changing lipid therapy.
1. Grundy SM, Stone NJ, Bailey AL, et al: 2018 AHA/ACC/AACVPR/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/ADA/AGS/APhA/ASPC/NLA/PCNA Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines. Circulation. 2019 Jun 18;139(25):e1082-e1143
2. Jacobson TA, Ito MK, Maki KC, et al: National Lipid Association recommendations for patient-centered management of dyslipidemia: Part 1-executive summary. J Clin Lipidol. 2014;8(5):473-488. doi: 10.1016/j.jacl.2014.07.007
3. Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Expert panel on integrated guidelines for cardiovascular health and risk reduction in children and adolescents: Summary report. Pediatrics. 2011 Dec;128 Suppl 5(Suppl 5):S213-S256. doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-2107C
4. Sampson M, Ling C, Sun Q, et al: A new equation for calculation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in patients With normolipidemia and/or hypertriglyceridemia. JAMA Cardiol. 2020 May 1;5(5):540-548
Cholesterol esters are cleaved by the action of cholesterol esterase to yield free cholesterol and fatty acids. Cholesterol oxidase then catalyzes the oxidation of cholesterol to cholest-4-en-3-one and hydrogen peroxide. In the presence of peroxidase, the hydrogen peroxide formed effects the oxidative coupling of phenol and 4-aminophenazone to form a red quinone-imine dye. The color intensity of the dye formed is directly proportional to the cholesterol concentration. It is determined by measuring the increase in absorbance.(Package insert: CHOL2: Cholesterol Gen2 Reagent. Roche Diagnostics; V 13.0, 03/2020)
This test uses a lipoprotein lipase from microorganisms for the rapid and complete hydrolysis of triglycerides to glycerol followed by oxidation to dihydroxyacetone phosphate and hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide produced then reacts with 4-aminophenazone and 4-chlorophenol under the catalytic action of peroxidase to form a red dyestuff (Trinder endpoint reaction). The color intensity of the red dyestuff formed is directly proportional to the triglyceride concentration and can be measured photometrically.(Package insert: Triglycerides. Roche Diagnostics; V 9.0, 01/2020)
Non-high-density lipoprotein (HDL) lipoproteins such as low-density lipoprotein, very low-density lipoprotein, and chylomicrons are combined with polyanions and a detergent forming a water-soluble complex. In this complex, the enzymatic reaction of cholesterol esterase (CHER) and cholesterol oxidase (CHOD) towards non-HDL lipoproteins is blocked. Finally, only HDL-particles can react with CHER and CHOD. The concentration of HDL-cholesterol is determined enzymatically by CHER and CHOD. Cholesterol esters are broken down quantitatively into free cholesterol and fatty acids by CHER. In the presence of peroxidase, the hydrogen peroxide generated reacts with 4-amino-antipyrine and N-ethyl-N-(3-methylphenyl)-N'-succinylethylenediamine to form a dye. The color intensity of this dye is directly proportional to the cholesterol concentration and is measured photometrically.(Package insert: HDLC4: HDL-Cholesterol Gen4. Roche Diagnostics; V 2.0, 04/2018)
The below calculations are performed in the laboratory information system, SCC Soft.
Calculated Non HDL Cholesterol:
This test calculates the non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration by subtracting the high-density cholesterol concentration from the total cholesterol concentration.
Calculated Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol:
The low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol concentration is calculated from total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), and HDL cholesterol (HDLc) concentrations, according to the following formula by National Institutes of Health.
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nonHDLc = Non-HDL cholesterol
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This test has been cleared, approved, or is exempt by the US Food and Drug Administration and is used per manufacturer's instructions. Performance characteristics were verified by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements.
80061-Lipid panel (if all 3 performed)
82465-Cholesterol, total (if all 3 are not performed)
84478-Triglycerides (if all 3 are not performed)
83718-Cholesterol, HDL (if all 3 are not performed)
|Test Id||Test Order Name||Order LOINC Value|
|LPSC1||Lipid Panel, S||24331-1|
|Result Id||Test Result Name||
Result LOINC Value
Applies only to results expressed in units of measure originally reported by the performing laboratory. These values do not apply to results that are converted to other units of measure.
|CHOL||Cholesterol, Total, S||2093-3|
|HDCH||Cholesterol, HDL, S||2085-9|
|NHDCH||Cholesterol, Non-HDL, Calculated, S||43396-1|
|CLDL1||Cholesterol, LDL, Calculated, S||13457-7|
|INTC1||Fasting (8 HR or more)||87527-8|
|Change Type||Effective Date|