one cholesterol test isn't enough to diagnose a patient with hyperlipidemia
Experts are re-emphasizing that one cholesterol test isn't enough to diagnose a patient with hyperlipidemia.
Just like it takes several high blood pressure readings to diagnose hypertension, two or more cholesterol tests should be performed to diagnose hyperlipidemia.
This is mostly because individual cholesterol levels fluctuate. The test itself can also vary...depending on the type of test, when the patient last ate, their posture when the blood is drawn, etc.