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What's the difference between hyperlipidemia and hypercholesterolemia?

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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Cardiology 31 years experience
Same: People including doctors have used these terms interchangeably to mean the same things -- the complete lipid profile.
Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 34 years experience
Type of lipids: Hypercholesterolemia refers to high blood cholesterol. Hyperlipidemia refers to abnormal levels of cholesterol or triglyceride. While the two overlap, they are distinctly different. Classically, there are 6 different types of hyperlipidemia (types i, iia, iib, iii, iv, v) depending on the specific lipoprotein abnormality present.

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