Cholesterol Ratios

There are two significant cholesterol ratios. They include: Total/HDL ratio and the LDL/HDL ratio.

Total / HDL Ratio

The total cholesterol to HDL ratio is found dividing the total cholesterol by HDL cholesterol.

Total/HDL Ratio = (Total Cholesterol/HDL Cholesterol)

According to the American Heart Association (AHA) the goal is to keep the ratio below 5:1; the optimum ratio is 3.5:1.

LDL / HDL Ratio

The LDL to HDL ratio is found by dividing the LDL cholesterol by HDL cholesterol.

LDL/HDL Ratio = (LDL Cholesterol/HDL Cholesterol)

The American Heart Association recommends that physicians in determining the appropriate treatment for patients use absolute numbers for total blood cholesterol and HDL cholesterol levels.

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Cholesterol Ratio Is Better Sign of Heart Disease Risk. Medical News, 2003

Total Cholesterol/HDL Cholesterol Ratio vs LDL Cholesterol/HDL Cholesterol Ratio as Indices of Ischemic Heart Disease Risk in Men. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2001

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This page was last updated on 08/13/06.