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Cholesterol

What does my total cholesterol ratio mean?

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  • The total cholesterol ratio is an important measurement where your total cholesterol is divided by your "good" cholesterol. A high ratio indicates a higher risk of heart disease.
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  • AMarcus J. Cox, MD, Cardiology, answered on behalf of Greenville Health System
    The cholesterol ratio can provide useful information about your heart disease risk. It can be calculated by dividing the HDL or “good” cholesterol into the total cholesterol. Optimal ratio would be 3.5-1 and a higher ratio may indicate a higher risk of heart disease.

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  • AAnthony Komaroff, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    Some clinicians use the ratio of total cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol to help identify people who need cholesterol-lowering therapy. As a general rule of thumb, the lower the ratio, the better. To determine your ratio, simply divide total cholesterol by HDL cholesterol. Reports from the Framingham Heart Study suggest that for men, a total cholesterol-to-HDL ratio of 5 signifies average heart disease risk; for women, average risk is signified by a ratio of 4.4.
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  • ACurtis Mann, MD, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystem
    Curtis Mann, MD - What does my total cholesterol ratio mean?

    The total cholesterol ratio is total cholesterol over HDL. Watch this video to learn more from Dr. Curtis Mann about what your total cholesterol ratio means.

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