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CHOL/HDLC RATION
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CHOL/HDLC RATION

AGE: 48
lipid panel
Triglycerides = 80
Cholesterol, Total = 214
HDL Cholesterol = 56
LDL-Cholesterol = 142
CHOL/HDLC RATIO = 3.8
Risk factor = age
The PA I just spoke to told me that I am at low risk for heart disease.  Does this jive with the panel above?
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Your profile looks good, the only concern not worth initiating any medical therapy at this point is your LDL cholesterol.  The lower it is the better.  In people who have had heart attacks we like to keep it as close to 70 as possible.  That of course does not apply to you, however, I would say that you should at least try to keep it between 100 to 130 at this point.  This can be easily accomplished with reducing saturated fat and cholesterol intake, eating more fruit and vegetables, and exercising 3-5 times/week.  Your HDL cholesterol is good as are your triglycerides.  given that age is your only risk factor I would modify the PA's statement to saying that the risk is very low.  
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