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My latest LDL 88 HDL 46 trgl 115 tc 153, would you consider taking cholesterol medicine for these numbers such as 10 mg pravachol (pravastatin).. ?

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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology
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In brief: Depends on Particles

Cardiovascular (cvd) risk is related to LDL (ldl-p) and HDL (hdl-p) particle number. Because cholesterol in LDL and HDL particles is highly variable, ldl-c and hdl-c levels often disagree with ldl-p and hdl-p.
When cholesterol and particle number disagree cvd risk tracks with ldl-p and hdl-p, not ldl-c or hdl-c. For high risk patients ldl-p goal is < 1000 (option < 800), otherwise goal is < 1300.

In brief: Depends on Particles

Cardiovascular (cvd) risk is related to LDL (ldl-p) and HDL (hdl-p) particle number. Because cholesterol in LDL and HDL particles is highly variable, ldl-c and hdl-c levels often disagree with ldl-p and hdl-p.
When cholesterol and particle number disagree cvd risk tracks with ldl-p and hdl-p, not ldl-c or hdl-c. For high risk patients ldl-p goal is < 1000 (option < 800), otherwise goal is < 1300.
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Dr. Scott Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Probably not, but...

Unless you are at very high risk for heart disease, your numbers are actually quite good.
Very high risk patients have a history of heart attack or stroke, diabetes, or artery blockage or two of the following: smoker, high blood pressure, family history of early heart disease, or age >45 (men) or >55 (women). Your doc will know how to risk-stratify you based on your medical history.

In brief: Probably not, but...

Unless you are at very high risk for heart disease, your numbers are actually quite good.
Very high risk patients have a history of heart attack or stroke, diabetes, or artery blockage or two of the following: smoker, high blood pressure, family history of early heart disease, or age >45 (men) or >55 (women). Your doc will know how to risk-stratify you based on your medical history.
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