Harvard Heart Letter

Is advanced lipoprotein testing useful?

Ask the doctor Q. I’m a trim, healthy 57-year-old who exercises religiously, six days a week. I take a low-dose statin and my cholesterol numbers are pretty good (total cholesterol is 146, LDL is 77, and HDL is 51). But a recent blood test showed that my lipoprotein subfractions are not ideal: my small LDL and large HDL values are considered “high risk,” according to the report I received. What can I do…

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