HDL and LDL are two different types of cholesterol that are measured as an index of a patient's risk for cardiovascular disease. HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein and LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. Total cholesterol measures the combination of HDL, LDL and VLDL.
Diagnosis and Tests
levels in men and women should be raised, while LDL
levels, at least in men, should be lowered. Further detailed lab testing that breaks down LDL into subfractions is advised for anyone with a high cardiovascular
Unlike men, a high LDL
") level is not as strong a predictor of future trouble for women, although there is still considerable debate on this. Some experts believe that LDL is not of concern to most women except for particular sub-groups. As one might expect, until the situation is clarified the importance of LDL for women is in question.