HDL Function Panel with HDLfx pCAD Score

Cleveland HeartLab H, HDLfx, Test


CPT Code: 82172 (x5)
Order Code: 37812
Includes: AALP ApoA1, AALP ApoC1, AALP ApoC2, AALP ApoC3, AALP ApoC4, HDLfx pCAD Score
ABN Requirement:
Specimen: Serum
Volume:  1.0 mL
Minimum Volume:  0.5 mL
Container: Gel-barrier tube (SST)


  1. Collect and label sample according to standard protocols.
  2. Gently invert tube 5 times immediately after draw. DO NOT SHAKE.
  3. Allow blood to clot 30 minutes.
  4. Centrifuge for 10 minutes.

Fasting: Patient should be fasting 10-12 hours.

Transport: Store serum at 2°C to 8°C after collection and ship the same day per packaging instructions included with the provided shipping box.


Ambient (15-25°C): Not Acceptable
Refrigerated (2-8°C):
21 days
Frozen (-20°C):
21 days

Causes for Rejection: Improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits; moderately lipemic specimens

Methodology: Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

Turn Around Time:  10 days

Reference Range:

AALP ApoA1181.36-359.23 nmol/L215.01-421.06 nmol/L
AALP ApoC123.11-57.57 nmol/L29.65-67.75 nmol/L
AALP ApoC23.67-14.55 nmol/L4.85-18.97 nmol/L
AALP ApoC311.34-40.54 nmol/L13.42-49.88 nmol/L
AALP ApoC40.29-1.10 nmol/L0.43-1.43 nmol/L
HDLfx pCAD Score-3.46-2.32-4.00-2.01

Relative Risk Intervals:

Low Relative RiskHigh Relative Risk
HDLfx pCAD Score ≤0.90>0.90

Test Comment: Based on a population of patients diagnosed with CAD (defined as having a coronary lesion consistent with 50% blockage or more; N=149) and a study control group of healthy individuals without CAD (N =69), a pCAD score greater than 0.90 indicates higher relative risk for having coronary atherosclerosis with a clinical sensitivity of 76% and clinical specificity of 75%. Case and control samples were selected from the Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities biobank cardiovascular disease study with analysis performed by Cleveland HeartLab.

Clinical Significance: There is strong clinical evidence that low HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) levels contribute to cardiovascular risk as demonstrated in multiple mechanistic, epidemiological, and clinical intervention trials. Studies investigating pharmacologically induced HDL-C elevations demonstrated no incremental benefit, leading to a consensus that knowledge of HDL function is needed to understand the clinical meaning of low or high HDL-C levels. The HDL Function Panel with HDLfx pCAD Score provides an assessment of 5 apolipoproteins bound to ApoA-1 lipoprotein particles, which have similar physical and chemical properties to HDL.1 These particles are isolated using ApoA-1 affinity technology for rapid assessment of HDL function. The HDLfx pCAD Score is derived from the values of the 5 apolipoproteins and indicates relative risk for coronary atherosclerosis.1,2


  1. Natarajan P, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019;73(17):2135-2145.
  2. Jin Z, et al. Clin Chem. 2019;65(2):282-290.

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