Your LDL Cholesterol Level

What Causes Elevated LDL Cholesterol Level?

Elevated LDL cholesterol level can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose elevated LDL cholesterol level, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "elevated LDL cholesterol level" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Atherosclerosis
  • High LDL/HDL Ratio
  • Heart Disease

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
long-term low-carb dieting
having excess body fat
long-term hypertension
shortness of breath when at rest
rapid pulse rate
being highly motivated
heart attack(s) in mother
history of birth control pill use
apple-shaped body when overweight
sleeping more than necessary
appendix removed before age 20
heart attack(s) in father
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of elevated LDL cholesterol level:
Cause Probability Status
Heart Disease 92% Confirm
High LDL/HDL Ratio 19% Unlikely
Atherosclerosis 3% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Cholesterol, LDL. What is your fasting LDL cholesterol level? Unit: mg/dL [mmol/L]
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Under 100 [2.59] (normal/optimal)
→ 100 to 130 [2.59-3.38] (borderline high)
→ 131 to 160 [3.39-4.14] (high)
→ Over 160 [4.14] (very high)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate optimal LDL cholesterol level, slightly high LDL cholesterol level, high LDL cholesterol level or very high LDL cholesterol level, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
... and also rule out issues such as:
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