Guidance for assessment of lipid status
- Locally tested in South Australia.
- For most patients, a non-fasting specimen is acceptable for the assessment of lipid status.
- Lipid testing on more than one occasion may be necessary to establish a patient’s baseline lipid status and for some patients a fasting specimen may be required.
- Assessment of lipid status may not be valid if testing is performed in the presence of intercurrent illness.
- Non-HDL cholesterol is a clinically useful marker for predicting cardiovascular risk.
- New lipid reference limits and target levels for treatment are under consideration but these have yet to be formally endorsed.
- Absolute cardiovascular disease risk calculator is available at www.cvdcheck.org.au
- If familial hypercholesterolaemia is suspected, e.g. LDL cholesterol persistently above 5.0 mmol/L in adults, then advice about diagnosis and management is available at www.athero.org.au/fh
- Clinpath Pathology will provide a further update once an Australia-wide consensus concerning lipid assessment has been achieved
Updated Tuesday, 06 July 2021