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Is low HDL as much a cardiovascular risk as high ldl? Does HDL numbers really matter if LDL is under control? Lots of conflicting info out there.

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Bottom line is

You want your HDL as high as possible and LDL as low as possible.
In women, low HDL is an independent risk factor for premature heart disease regardless of ldl. So both are important.

In brief: Bottom line is

You want your HDL as high as possible and LDL as low as possible.
In women, low HDL is an independent risk factor for premature heart disease regardless of ldl. So both are important.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine

In brief: More of a riks

For populations of patients the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis increases by 2-3% for 1% drop in hdl, but only 1/1 with LDL raising.
Thus the same drop in HDL is associated with a greater increase in risk than the same increase in ldl. For individuals, however, yes more complicated - levels of HDL may not tell us what is happening with a particular patient. Hdl function may be the key.

In brief: More of a riks

For populations of patients the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis increases by 2-3% for 1% drop in hdl, but only 1/1 with LDL raising.
Thus the same drop in HDL is associated with a greater increase in risk than the same increase in ldl. For individuals, however, yes more complicated - levels of HDL may not tell us what is happening with a particular patient. Hdl function may be the key.
Dr. James Underberg
Dr. James Underberg
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