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Total cholesterol is 232..Ldl direct is 150..Tc/hdl cholesterol ratio is 5.4...Do i need medication or is it normal?

Total cholesterol is 232..Ldl direct is 150..Tc/hdl cholesterol ratio is 5.4...Do i need medication or is it normal?

Depends on Particles: More than cholesterol, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is related to the number of LDL (LDL-P) and HDL particles (HDL-P). Because cholesterol in LDL and HDL particles is highly variable cholesterol levels often disagree with particle number. When cholesterol and particle number disagree CVD risk tracks with high LDL-P and/or low HDL-P, not LDL-C or HDL-C. Talk to your doctor about next steps. ...Read more

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Dr. William Cromwell
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Total Cholesterol (Definition)

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 & ...Read more


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Is total cholesterol just HDL + LDL or is there another factor in the total cholesterol value?

Is total cholesterol just HDL + LDL or is there another factor in the total cholesterol value?

No, there's more: There are other sub-particles such as vldl (very low density lipid) that also make up the total cholesterol count. Please also note that in the standard lab reports, LDL is a calculated number, not a direct measurement. ...Read more

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What is a normal range for HDL cholesterol?

What is a normal range for HDL cholesterol?

>50 or >55: In general, for good heart health the generally recommended level for HDL is > 50 for men and > 55 for women. But it can be more complicated that that: you cannot rely completely on these simple numbers, and you can not look at numbers in isolation. ...Read more

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What is the normal level of LDL , hdl, gp and total cholesterol?

See below: Total cholesterol <200, LDL <130, better <100, if at high risk <70, HDL >40 in men, >50 in women, higher is better, triglycerides <150. These values need to be looked at in the context of risk factors for heart disease. ...Read more

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What is a healthy triglyceride number?

What is a healthy triglyceride number?

Less than 150: I have seen different normal range values listed by different labs. A level less than 150 mg/ dl is considered safe. But you should follow the ratio of total cholesterol to the good cholesterol (hdl). It should be less than 5 and it is optimal if it is 3.5. The higher the HDL the better. ...Read more

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For total cholesterol 275, ldl-177, hdl-40, triglycerides-190, what should be the ideal dose of statin ?

For total  cholesterol 275, ldl-177, hdl-40, triglycerides-190, what  should be the ideal dose of statin ?

I say ZERO: Most docs disagree, but the ideal dose is zero. Statins have never been shown to extend life by even a day & can cause serious side effects. See http://www.Sott.Net/article/242516-heart-surgeon-speaks-out-on-what-really-causes-heart-disease & http://www.Cbn.Com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/october/cholesterol-myth-what-really-causes-heart-disease/ & http://www.Spacedoc.Com/cholesterol_articles. ...Read more

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Is total cholesterol just HDL + LDL or is there another factor that has relevance when calculating the total cholesterol number?

Is total cholesterol just HDL + LDL or is there another factor that has relevance when calculating the total cholesterol number?

Yes: Total cholesterol measures the cholesterol contained in all lipoproteins including low density lipoprotein (ldl), intermediate density lipoprotein (idl), high density lipoprotein (hdl), very low density lipoprotein (vldl), and chylomicrons. Ldl-c and hdl-c do make up most of the cholesterol reported in the total cholesterol number. ...Read more

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What is the best total serum cholesterol level per deciliter?

What is the best total serum cholesterol level per deciliter?

Different types of: Cholesterol. A total cholesterol of 200 is okay, however, within that it would be good to have your low density lipoprotein cholesterol (ldl) below 130. ...Read more

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If my total cholest is 284 with HDL 100.9 and LDL 177 , trig 79, ratio 2.81. What is more important the levels or the ratio? What the ratio means?

If my total cholest is 284 with HDL 100.9 and LDL  177 , trig 79, ratio 2.81. What is more important the levels or the ratio? What the ratio means?

Individual Values: Cardiovascular (cvd) risk is related to the number of LDL particles (ldl-p) and the number of HDL particles (hdl-p). When ldl-p is high or hdl-p is low cvd risk is elevated. Ratios report an LDL number divided by hdl. However, cvd risk can vary by 40% a the same ratio value. This is because you can get the same ratio with different LDL or HDL values (e.g., 2000/50 or 1000/25 give the same ratio). ...Read more

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My total cholestrol is 266 and ldl/hdl ratio is 3:1. What does this mean?

My total cholestrol is 266 and ldl/hdl ratio is 3:1. What does this mean?

Need Information: Cardiovascular (cvd) risk is related to the number of LDL particles (ldl-p) and HDL particles (hdl-p). When ldl-p is high or hdl-p is low cvd risk is elevated. Ratios report an LDL number divided by hdl. However, cvd risk can vary by 40% a the same ratio value. This is because you can get the same ratio with different LDL or HDL values. It is best to know the ldl-p and hdl-p individually. ...Read more

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What does the total cholesterol number in a lipid panel mean. My total is not the sum of my HDL and ldl.?

What does the total cholesterol number in a lipid panel mean. My total is not the sum of my HDL and ldl.?

Complicated answer: Total cholesterol is comprised of cholesterol contained in multiple particles. These are: 1. Hdl (good) 2. Ldl (very bad) 3. Vldl (bad) 4. Idl (bad) 5. Chylomicrons and remnants (bad) 6. Lp(a) one easy way to assess your total bad cholesterol is to calculate non-hdl cholesterol by subtracting HDL from total. Some studies say this is better than ldl. Ideal levels of this are less than 130 mg/dl. ...Read more

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What is good LDL and hdl?

What is good LDL and hdl?

Low LDL, high HDL: Lowest LDL ('lousy') cholesterol and highest HDL ('healthy') cholesterol are the best to have. A LDL as low as 60-70 mg/dl and a HDL higher than 50-60 mg/dl are ideal. ...Read more

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What LDL cholesterol level is considered a risk factor?

What LDL cholesterol level is considered a risk factor?

LDL cholesterol : Overall, it depends on your risk factors and other illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure. If you have no or minimal risk factors and you don't smoke your LDL should be 130 or less, however if you have had a heart attack or stoke then should you should try to get your LDL to 70 or less. ...Read more

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Total cholestrol is 246mg/dl .Hdl is 108 mg/dl. Ldl is 121 mg/dl. Why my total cholestrol level is high?

Total cholestrol is 246mg/dl .Hdl is 108 mg/dl. Ldl is 121 mg/dl. Why my total cholestrol level is high?

High cholestrol: Reasons for your high cholestrol(total) is that you could have not been fasting at the time your blood was drawn, eating too much fat in your diet, or pure inheritance. Talk with your doctor for the best therapy. ...Read more

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What is the best pill to raise HDL cholesterol level?

What is the best pill to raise HDL cholesterol level?

Niacin or Niaspan (niacin): Do not use the no-flush as it doens't work. Also, do not take Niacin or Niaspan w/o talking to your doctor. Like all medicines, you must be monitored while on niacin/niaspan. ...Read more

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What is the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol levels?

Directional: Total serum cholesterol is made up of several component lipoproteins. Amongst these are fractions: hdl-c is the "good", which you want to be as high as possible and ldl-c is the "bad" which you want to be as low as possible. Lifestyle and, if needed, drug therapy, can help towards those goals. ...Read more

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my friends total HDL is 5.7 is that normal what is a normal range for HDL thanks

Incorrect value: It is unlikely that the HDL value is 5.7 mmole/L. It may be the total cholesterol. Get your friend to provide the actual values of total cholesterol, HDL and triglycerides for optimum interpretation. ...Read more

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Total cholesterol 235..HDL 73..LDL 151..VLDL 13mg.Trigly 66. Weight 123 5'4. My chol/HDL is 3.2.Why would LDL be so high? I eat healthy. How to lower?

Total cholesterol 235..HDL 73..LDL 151..VLDL 13mg.Trigly 66. Weight 123 5'4. My chol/HDL is 3.2.Why would LDL be so high? I eat healthy. How to lower?

Genetic: Despite all the talk, cholesterol risk and levels are mostly genetic. Don't blame yourself, keep living healthy, and if needed treat this in light of the big picture. Think about increasing exercise. ...Read more

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I am 65 old female. Total cholesterol-229, hdl-50, ldl- 144, ratio 4.6, total cholesterol 229, should I be on a statin?

I am 65 old female. Total cholesterol-229, hdl-50, ldl- 144, ratio 4.6, total cholesterol 229, should I be on a statin?

Depends : Statin use is determined by your endocrinologist or internal medicine specialist, after history taking and physical checks they will order a bunch of studies apart from that one.
Medicine doesn’t really just on número... good medicine evaluates you as s complete individual. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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Cholesterol (Definition)

Cholesterol is a measure of fat produced by the body by genetics as well as by diet. Your total cholesterol measures the triglycerides (increases with high sugary foods and baked goods, helped with fish oil), HDL (your good cholesterol-difficult to increase but helped with exercise, hormone replacement, niacin) and LDL (your bad cholesterol, decrease this w/ lean protein, ...Read more


Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Hdl (Definition)

HDL, or high density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that is responsible for the transport of lipids (fats) from various organs including blood vessels back to the liver for processing and possible elimination. Because it helps prevent accumulation of lipids in blood vessels, HDL cholesterol is ...Read more