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What is the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol levels?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Irv Loh
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Dr. Andrew Michaels
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Good vs Bad

Hdl is high density lipoprotein.
Hdl provides a vital service in removing cholesterol from the vasculature, and accelerating its excretion in the liver. In general, an HDL >50 is recommended. Ldl is low density lipoprotein. This harmful type of cholesterol leads to atherosclerosis, which can lead to stroke, heart attack, or peripheral arterial disease. In general, an LDL <130 is recommended.

In brief: Good vs Bad

Hdl is high density lipoprotein.
Hdl provides a vital service in removing cholesterol from the vasculature, and accelerating its excretion in the liver. In general, an HDL >50 is recommended. Ldl is low density lipoprotein. This harmful type of cholesterol leads to atherosclerosis, which can lead to stroke, heart attack, or peripheral arterial disease. In general, an LDL <130 is recommended.
Dr. Andrew Michaels
Dr. Andrew Michaels
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