LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is "bad" cholesterol,
which carries mostly fat and only a small amount of protein from the liver to
other parts of the body. A high LDL cholesterol level is considered a risk
factor for coronary artery disease (CAD) because, under certain conditions, it
can cause hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
is measured either in milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) or in
millimoles per liter of blood (mmol/L).
People who have at least a moderate risk for developing
heart disease (especially those who have diabetes) may benefit from lowering
their LDL cholesterol levels. The specific target LDL level depends on a
person's number and type of risk factors.
June 29, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology & Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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