Cholesterol

What are LDL and HDL?

LDL means Low-Density lipoprotein, HDL means High Density Lipoprotein

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How do LDL and HDL differ?

A high level of LDL cholesterol means there's a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, High blood cholesterol signals a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. LDL contributes to plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries and make them less flexible. HDL helps remove LDL cholesterol from the arteries.

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Why do doctors monitor the concentrations of LDL and HDL in patients blood?

To keep track of the cholesterol

How are the concentrations of LDL and HDL associated with the risk for heart disease and associated disorders?

LDL contributes to plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries and make them less flexible. HDL helps remove LDL cholesterol from the arteries.

What other molecules in a patients blood are monitored along with LDL and HDL?

triglyceride.

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What are the results of a cholesterol test mean? How do patients interpret each value?

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A high level of LDL cholesterol means there's a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, High blood cholesterol signals a higher risk of heart attack and stroke,  LDL Cholesterol Levels: Less than 70 mg/dL can be good if you were at a high risk for heart disease.


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