**URGENT** LIPID PANEL CHANGES

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 3:16:33 PM

Effective July 20, 2011, the laboratories at WMH and CMH will be making a change to the way that Lipid panels are reported. The laboratories will be adding a new calculated value, Non-HDL Cholesterol, to its existing Lipid profile for all patients. According to the National Lipid Association, Non-HDL Cholesterol has been recognized as outperforming other routine lipid measures in effectively predicting cardiovascular disease, among other benefits. As a result, the following changes will take place with regard to reporting of Lipid profiles:

1.) All lipid profiles will report with a calculated Non-HDL Cholesterol value. The normal range for this value will be set at 60-160 mg/dL

2.) The stratification of LDL values currently seen on all reports will be removed. In its place will be the following set of LDL and Non-HDL Cholesterol Treatment target ranges:

**High Risk**

<100 LDL mg/dL

<130 Non-HDL mg/dL

**Optional for very high risk**

<70 LDL mg/dL

<100 Non-HDL mg/dl

**Moderate Risk**

<130 LDL mg/dL

<160 Non-HDL mg/dL

**Optional for moderately high risk**

<100 LDL mg/dL

<130 Non-HDL mg/dL

**Low Risk**

<160 LDL mg/dL

<190 Non-HDL

3.)The comment directing providers to www.nhlbi.nih.gov for assessment of risk for ischemic heart disease will be listed at the end of the report, following the treatment ranges.

For questions please contact Angela K. Armato, MT, MBA WMH, 763-5780 or Johneen Loftus, MT CMH, 337-4256.



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