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How can you know if you need to lower your LDL cholesterol?
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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Blood test
By doing a blood test to check for cholesterol level, if you have a high cholestrol you should start finding ways to lower it either by life style modification alone or combined with meds and this decision will be made when you discuss the test results with your doctor.

In brief: Blood test
By doing a blood test to check for cholesterol level, if you have a high cholestrol you should start finding ways to lower it either by life style modification alone or combined with meds and this decision will be made when you discuss the test results with your doctor.
Dr. Sarab Alfata
Dr. Sarab Alfata
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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology
In brief: Depends on Particles
Cardiovascular (cvd) risk is related to the number of LDL and HDL particles (ldl-p, hdl-p).
Ldl can be estimated by cholesterol (ldl-c) or measured by particle number (ldl-p). Ldl-c and ldl-p do not equally predict cardiovascular risk. When ldl-c and ldl-p values disagree (due to cholesterol variability per particle) cvd risk tracks with LDL particle number, not ldl-c values.

In brief: Depends on Particles
Cardiovascular (cvd) risk is related to the number of LDL and HDL particles (ldl-p, hdl-p).
Ldl can be estimated by cholesterol (ldl-c) or measured by particle number (ldl-p). Ldl-c and ldl-p do not equally predict cardiovascular risk. When ldl-c and ldl-p values disagree (due to cholesterol variability per particle) cvd risk tracks with LDL particle number, not ldl-c values.
Dr. William Cromwell
Dr. William Cromwell
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Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine
In brief: Get tested.
Talk to your doctor. There are many great ways to evaluate your cholesterol related risk, ranging from the standard lipid panel to more specific blood tests like ldl-particle testing and apolipoprotein assays.
You can even look further into your risk by evaluating your inflammatory markers and taking a look at your blood vessels via carotid or coronary imaging.

In brief: Get tested.
Talk to your doctor. There are many great ways to evaluate your cholesterol related risk, ranging from the standard lipid panel to more specific blood tests like ldl-particle testing and apolipoprotein assays.
You can even look further into your risk by evaluating your inflammatory markers and taking a look at your blood vessels via carotid or coronary imaging.
Dr. Doug Hansen
Dr. Doug Hansen
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