Ask the Doctors September 2004 Issue

Ask the Doctors: 09/04

My good cholesterol was recently found to be low, although my overall cholesterol numbers looked good. What does a low level of good cholesterol mean?

People with low HDL (“good”) cholesterol have a higher risk of cardiovascular events, like heart attack. Studies have shown that in patients who are at high risk for heart attack, drugs to raise HDL levels reduce their future danger. But these studies were done in an era before the widespread use…

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