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Originally posted by JJ:
...I can also see by your numbers that "High cholesterol" wasn't a factor in your heart attack, as your numbers were pretty low at the time....

As you can see from this example, total cholesterol level is pretty much useless for predicting heart disease risk. You might as well be flipping a coin because approximately 50% of the people with heart disease have "normal" cholesterol levels. But if you look at the triglyceride/HDL ratio, you can see the risk was above average. With triglycerides at 250 and HDL at 29, the ratio was 8.6. This is above the norm of 5.0 and way above the desirable range of less than 3.0 and optimum range of less than 2.0. A high tryiglericde/HDL ratio is a much better predictor of heart disease risk than either total cholesterol or total cholesterol/HDL ratio.


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