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Dr. William Cromwell
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Ldl (Overview)

LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that transports lipids (fats) from the liver to other organs in the body. Because LDL cholesterol can get deposited in blood vessels which leads to cardiovascular disease, LDL cholesterol is known as "bad" cholesterol.


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What is ldl, what is hdl?

What is ldl, what is hdl?

Bad and good: Ldl is the low density lipoprotein cholesterol, commonly known as the "bad" cholesterol as it is the one that increases ones risk for heart disease (through depositing plaque to the arteries.) HDL is the high density lipoprotein cholesterol, commonly known as the "good" cholesterol as it has cardio-protective effects when elevated. ...Read more

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Dr. William Cromwell
545 doctors shared insights

Ldl (Overview)

LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that transports lipids (fats) from the liver to other organs in the body. Because LDL cholesterol can get deposited in blood vessels which leads to cardiovascular disease, LDL cholesterol is known as "bad" cholesterol.


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What exactly does having high vldl while having low LDL in my lipid profile indicate?

What exactly does having high vldl while having low LDL in my lipid profile indicate?

Perhaps High TG's: Patients with high triglyceride (tg's) levels often have increased levels of vldl with low or normal LDL levels. Tg's in vldl move into LDL and in return LDL sends cholesterol back into vldl. This same process happens with HDL cholesterol, depleting cholesterol from LDL and hdl, and thus lowering LDL and hdl, while vldl cholesterol increases. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Tip)

Living with Coronary Artery Disease

Your cholesterol is less a predictor than fasting ldl/hdl and chol/hdl for heart attack risk! ...See more

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How to reduce LDL?

How to reduce LDL?

Lifestyle changes: Diet (limit animal protein), exercise & weight loss...statin drugs if still not at goal ...Read more

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Can you tell me, what are good LDL levels?

The lower the better: Granted,mother newest guidelines are rather vague about actual target LDL levels to achieve, the lower the better. 130 is good, 100 better, 70 awesome. ...Read more

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What are the purpose or uses of small size particle LDL cholesterol in the body of a healthy human being that has no inflammation?

Essential for health: Most people think of cholesterol as dangerous, but it's essential for health, in fact life as we know it could not exist without it. Ldl transports cholesterol to cells, where it's a huge component of the membranes of each cell, is the main building block for cortisol, testosterone, vit d & other essential hormones & is used to make bile, essential for both digestion and detoxification.See comment:. ...Read more

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Is niacin 500mg daily a safe dose for LDL reduction therapy before prescribing a statin for high cholesterol? Patient is 29 yr old male

Is niacin 500mg daily a safe dose for LDL reduction therapy before prescribing a statin for high cholesterol? Patient is 29 yr old male

Yes: That is the regular starting dose for niacin. Have exercise, weight loss and diet already been tried? That would be my first recommendation. If Niacin is ineffective, statins my be considered. Niacin and statins were routinely used together in the past but this has fallen out of favor after the results of the recent aim-high trial. ...Read more

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My LDL was 243 today the doctor called and prescribed me Lipitor (atorvastatin) icant afford this can I safely wait and call her tomorrow 5 ft 5 inches 180 lbs.

My LDL was 243 today the doctor called and prescribed me Lipitor (atorvastatin) icant afford this can I safely wait and call her tomorrow 5 ft 5 inches 180 lbs.

Not enough info: Don't know your hdl, total cholesterol and triglycerides. I have never prescribed Lipitor (atorvastatin) for it is diet related (except in the case of genetic cause) and sugar is probably the nasty guy because dr john yudkin showed that sugar caused heart disease and many other disease in 1973. ...Read more