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HDL Cholesterol - Direct

HDL Cholesterol - Direct


"High-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol, HDL-C) is one of the classes of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol in the blood. HDL-C consists primarily of protein with a small amount of cholesterol. It is considered to be beneficial because it removes excess cholesterol from tissues and carries it to the liver for disposal. Hence, HDL cholesterol is often termed ""good"" cholesterol. The test for HDL cholesterol measures the amount of HDL-C in blood.

Artery plaqueHigh levels of cholesterol have been shown to be associated with the development of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and heart disease. When cholesterol levels in the blood increase (not enough is removed by HDL), it may be deposited on the walls of blood vessels. These deposits, termed plaques, can build up, causing vessel walls to become more rigid, and may eventually narrow the openings of blood vessels, constricting the flow of blood. Photo source: NHLBI

A higher level of blood HDL-C is usually associated with a lower risk of developing plaques, lowering the risk of heart attack or stroke.


For this test, you may be asked to fast for at least 9-12 hours prior to the test. In youth with no risk factors like high blood pressure or diabetes, this test may be recommended without fasting.

Report delivery time

1-2 day

Result explanation

If HDL-C blood levels are more than the normal range then it indicates that there a very low chance for risk of developing heart disease. If test results are less than the normal range, then it indicates that there may be a chance for risk of developing heart disease.

Gender Age groups Value

MALE All age groups 40 - 49 mg/dl

FEMALE All age groups 50 - 59meq/dl

Global facts

A blood sample can most likely be collected with a very simple prick to a finger. If you need other tests, your doctor may require a blood draw from a vein.

Before drawing blood, the healthcare provider performing the draw cleans the area with an antiseptic to kill any germs. They next tie an elastic band around your upper arm, causing your veins to swell with blood. Once a vein is found, they insert a sterile needle into it. Your blood is then drawn into a tube attached to the needle.

You may feel slight to moderate pain when the needle goes in, but you can reduce the pain by relaxing your arm.

When they??re finished drawing blood, the healthcare provider removes the needle and places a bandage over the puncture site. Pressure will be applied to the puncture site for a few minutes to prevent bruising.

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