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

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Dr. Leroy Fleischer
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Leroy Fleischer
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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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