Keywords/Mnemonics: hdl, HDL
1 green-top heparin gel tube or 1 gold top serum gel tube. Centrifuge to separate and remove serum/plasma from cells within 3 hours. Send 1.0 mL (minimum volume 0.5 mL) serum or plasma, refrigerated.
Fasting. Nothing by mouth except water and any required medications for 12 hours before being drawn.
Patient should not consume any alcohol for 24 hours before the specimen is drawn.
Guidelines set by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP).
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