Depends on Particles
Both labs and risk factors are important in knowing cardiovascular (cvd) risk.
More than cholesterol, cvd is related to the number of LDL
(ldl-p) and HDL
particles (hdl-p). 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.