Heart Disease Expert Forum
super high HDL
About This Forum:

This forum is for questions and support regarding heart issues such as: Angina, Angioplasty, Arrhythmia, Bypass Surgery, Cardiomyopathy, Coronary Artery Disease, Defibrillator, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Pacemaker, PAD, Stenosis, Stress Tests.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

super high HDL

Dear Dr:

I'm 52 yr. old female.  I'm at least 3 years into menopause and do not take hormones and am not overwieght.  I just got the results from my Berkeley Heart Test back.  The results are as follows:

Total Cholesterol:  300
LDL:  110 (mostly large buoyant particles but some small dense)
HDL:  182  (large particle)
Triglycerides:  40

The test also yields some specialized genetic information that I'm not real clear on but is as follows:
ApoE genotype 3/4
KIF6 genotype   719 Trp/Arg heterozygous

I also had a calcium score that was 0.

Anyway, my Dr. said he wasn't sure what to do, if anything, but was uncomfortable not treating a total cholesterol of 300.  His recommendation is for me to take a low dose of Lipitor.   I've always had high HDL, about 130, but it really shot up when I started taking fish oil, which I take for its general health benefits.   I've always heard that you want your HDL as high as you can get it.  Is that really true?   Should I stop taking fish oil?  By the way, I don't think I'm going to take Lipitor.  
take Lipitor.
Related Discussions
Avatar_dr_f_tn
The cholesterol that we generally focus on is LDL and HDL. As you stated, your HDL is good. Depending on your concurrent medical conditions, your LDL may be at a good level as well -- 110 is actually quite good. People who need their LDL less than 100 are people with history of stroke, diabetes, coronary artery disease, prior heart attacks, peripheral vascular disease, or carotid artery disease. If you don't have any of these, then I'd leave well enough alone and ignore the total cholesterol. If you are really worried, you could see a Preventative Cardiologist, who would know much more about the different cholesterols and how to deal with them.
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
Blank
Request an Appointment
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank