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Dr. William Cromwell
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Total Cholesterol (Overview)

Total cholesterol=concentration of all cholesterol/volume blood plasma & carried within the lipoprotein particles; complex protein particles which carry all fat molecules in the water outside cells. The lipoprotein particles have long been classified by ↓ing size/↑ing density: ULDL, VLDL, IDL, LDL, HDL. These protein particles carry triglyceride, phospholipid, cholesterol & all other fats present.


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Can you tell me what the total cholesterol number in a lipid panel represent. My total is not the sum of my HDL and ldl.?

Can you tell me what the total cholesterol number in a lipid panel represent. My total is not the sum of my HDL and ldl.?

Need to see the: Results of total cholesterol, hdl, and triglycerides. Total cholesterol is the sum of HDL and ldl, unless triglycerides are greater than 400 mg/dl. ...Read more

Dr. William Cromwell
189 doctors shared insights

Total Cholesterol (Overview)

Total cholesterol=concentration of all cholesterol/volume blood plasma & carried within the lipoprotein particles; complex protein particles which carry all fat molecules in the water outside cells. The lipoprotein particles have long been classified by ↓ing size/↑ing density: ULDL, VLDL, IDL, LDL, HDL. These protein particles carry triglyceride, phospholipid, cholesterol & all other fats present.


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Is 95 total cholesterol ok?

Is 95 total cholesterol  ok?

Usually It Is: Low total cholesterol levels can be found in a variety of settings. For individuals who are not on lipid medications and are otherwise healthy this can occur due to genetically low LDL levels associated with low production of LDL particles (hypobetalipoproteinemia) or increased clearance of LDL particles. See your physician for further discussion and evaluation. ...Read more

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Managing High Cholesterol (Checklist)

Take your meds as prescribed
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Avoid or limit all meat except fish that swim (i.e. limit shellfish).
Once
No red meats and limited poultry
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Reduce fatty, fried, sugary foods
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Do i really need to be on cholesterol lowering medication? Blood work indicates total cholesterol 261, ldl143, HDL 107. Triglycerides are 44. I am not overweight and am an endurance athlete, female, 48 years old. Doctor wants to put me on meds!

Do i really need to be on cholesterol lowering medication? Blood work indicates total cholesterol 261, ldl143, HDL 107. Triglycerides are 44. I am not overweight and am an endurance athlete, female, 48 years old. Doctor wants to put me on meds!

Since I don't know: You, i can't offer complete opinion. May depend on other risk factors for chd like high vldl, family hx, diabetes, high bp. Based just on lipid profile, i would tend to not prescribe rx. I don't use total cholesterol as much as entire profile. Your LDL is borderline (<130-140 ideal) but high HDL is protective. ?Vldl. Check thyroid-if low can ^ldl. But also eval diet for trans & sat fat intake. ...Read more

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My HDL LDL and total cholesterol is really high every time i go have blood work done. I am supposed to be taking meds. Is that safe not to?

My HDL LDL and total cholesterol is really high every time i go have blood work done.  I am supposed to be taking meds. Is that safe not to?

Depends: The decision to take medications for high cholesterol depends on the levels of total and each subtype of cholesterol, as well as risks of the patient. If your doctor has recommended to start meds, you should follow your doctor's advice. High cholesterol if untreated can lead to heart and vascular disease. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for a man to have a total cholesterol number of 198?

Is it dangerous for a man to have a total cholesterol number of 198?

Depends on other: Factors. A total cholesterol of 198 is not dangerous in itself. But any lab value needs to be interpreted in the total clinical context. What is your hdl, lipids, ldl, what is the family history of cardiovascular disease? Please note that half the heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol. It is still important to exercise, control your weight and maintain a healthy diet. See md. ...Read more

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Left lower jaw pain comes and goes what can be the cause.My total cholesterol is 210, triglycerides is 288, HDL is 38 & LDL is 102.

Left lower jaw pain comes and goes what can be the cause.My total cholesterol is 210, triglycerides is 288, HDL is 38 & LDL is 102.

See DDS & MD: From your question i would assume that you are thinking that your jaw problem might be related to your heart. I would suggest that you see both a dentist to rule out any dental problems and your pcp or a cardiologist to help you get your risk factors lowered and rule out any circulatory or cardiac issues. Good to see both on a regular basis anyway. ...Read more

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My husband blood results shows total cholesterol -220 , HDL -40 , LDL -154 is this counts normal for age 28 ?

No.: His total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol values are high. The recommended level for total cholesterol is less than 200, and the recommended level for LDL is less than 110. If he has any history of heart disease in his family (father, brother, uncle, grandfather, etc.), i would suggest he share his results with his primary care doctor or a cardiologist. ...Read more

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My total cholesterol is 161. Does this mean I should do something?

Depends on other: Factors. A total cholesterol of 161 is not a cause for concern in itself. But any lab value needs to be interpreted in the total clinical context. What is your hdl, lipids, ldl, what is the family history of cardiovascular disease? Please note that half the heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol. It is still important to exercise, control your weight and maintain a healthy diet. ...Read more