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What are reasons why doctors are concerned if a patient has raised cholesterol levels or a high ratio of ldl's to hdl's?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Heart attacks

Those are risk factors for arteriosclerosis which is the cause of heart attacks and strokes.

In brief: Heart attacks

Those are risk factors for arteriosclerosis which is the cause of heart attacks and strokes.
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Arthur Sgalia
I find the ratio quite useless, since the denominator is a small and highly imprecise number relative to the numerator in many people. I much prefer to look at the nonHDL cholesterol, calculated by subtracting HDL from total cholesterol . If this is 100-130 I am pleased. The closer to 100, the better.
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