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How does current cholesterol numbers tell doctors about plaques that are already formed? do these numbers show future risk?

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Not that great.: They only tell risk of atherosclerosis. At most they are associated with about half the risk. The highest versus the lowest risk categories have quite a different level of risk (almost a 10 fold difference). That being said, it is tiny compared to the risk associated with actually knowing you HAVE atherosclerosis (risk is over 10% yearly if you've had a heart attack, under 1% if you have not at 50

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Last updated Nov 14, 2015

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