New LDL cholesterol test

Q: My total cholesterol was 132, bad cholesterol (LDL) was below 100, my HDL was 32. My doctor wants to put me on a statin to raise my HDL? Another doctor said that to lower the total was just as bad as it being too high and a statin will lower my total.  What do you think?

A: You might want to consider getting one of the newer blood fat tests.  These tests look at the size of LDL particles in your blood.  Just like total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol can be broken down into good and bad.  Small particle LDL is the type associated with heart attacks.  To learn more about this kind of testing click here.

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