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Lipid profile

About This Test

Department: Biochemistry


  • Gel/clotted/lithium heparin (Yellow/red/green top)

Add-on requests are accepted


Turnaround Time:

Within 24 hours


Lipid profiles are commonly requested as part of a cardiovascular health check, if cardiovascular disease is suspected, in cases where abnormal lipids may cause other conditions, or in patients taking lipid-modifying drugs.

A standard lipid profile includes the following tests:

  • Cholesterol
  • HDL-cholesterol
  • Total cholesterol/HDL-cholesterol ratio
  • Non-HDL cholesterol
  • Triglycerides (fasting only)
  • LDL-cholesterol (fasting only)

A fasting lipid profile requires the patient to consume nothing but water for 12 hours prior to venepuncture.

Samples will not be analysed if previous analysis performed within 4 weeks. If there is a specific clinical reason for analysis within this timeframe, please state this on the request card.


Other Comments:

For more information, please see the following:

Lipid profile - Lab Tests Online
Fasting guidelines