Depends on Particles
Cardiovascular (cvd) risk is related to the number of LDL
particles (ldl-p) and the number of HDL
Because cholesterol in LDL and HDL particles is highly variable cholesterol levels often disagree with particle number. When cholesterol and particle number disagree cvd risk tracks with ldl-p and hdl-p, not ldl-c or hdl-c. Only an NMR lipoprofile test reports ldl-p and hdl-p.