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How are cholesterol and total cholesterol values different?

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Dr. Diana Metzger
Cardiology 30 years experience
None: A cholesterol profile contains several measurements, and calculations. First measurement is total cholesterol, often shortened to just "cholesterol level" also measured are triglycerides and hdl. These 3 are then used to calculate the LDL (bad cholesterol). Additional fractionations of the lipids may be done, too.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there a cholesterol value more helpful than total cholesterol?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Cholesterol: High LDL cholesterol is associated with risk for vascular and heart disease.

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