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Clinical Implications of Revised Pooled Cohort Equations for Estimating Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk

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Acknowledgment: The authors thank Lu Tian, John Ioannidis, John Duchi, and Doug Owens for their input and reviews of the methods and manuscript. This manuscript was prepared using research materials from ARIC, CHS, CARDIA, and FHS obtained from the NHLBI Biologic Specimen and Data Repository Information Coordinating Center.

Financial Support: By awards DP2MD010478 and U54MD010724 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health and award K08HL121056 from the NHLBI of the National Institutes of Health. Mr. Yadlowsky is supported by the Stanford University Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Hayward is supported by grant P30DK092926 (Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research Methods Core) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The JHS is supported by contracts HHSN268201300046C, HHSN268201300047C, HHSN268201300048C, HHSN268201300049C, and HHSN268201300050C from the NHLBI and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, with additional support from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. MESA is supported by contracts HHSN268201500003I, N01-HC-95159, N01-HC-95160, N01-HC-95161, N01-HC-95162, N01-HC-95163, N01-HC-95164, N01-HC-95165, N01-HC-95166, N01-HC-95167, N01-HC-95168, and N01-HC-95169 from the NHLBI and grants UL1-TR-000040, UL1-TR-001079, and UL1-TR-001420 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

What is the difference between cholesterol and total cholesterol values?

What is the formula for determining total cholesterol, and how does this differ (if at all) from a cholesterol value? In other words, is there a cholesterol value independent of total cholesterol, and, if so, is it used as part of the formula for total


cholesterol and total cholesterol are the same. The fractions are LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol etc.

Why is HDL added to total cholesterol?

The formula for total cholesterol -- as in the test result you get and what people tend to speak about -- is LDL plus HDL plus one fifth of the triglycerides. Problem is, HDL is good cholesterol -- you want it to be high -- and the other two are bad.


yup your right!
lots of people have misinterpreted the result of "cholesterol" or maybe some doctors doesn't know how to interpret them. HDL is good if its high which is equal to Total cholesterol being high also si good in the sense


yup your right!
lots of people have misinterpreted the result of "cholesterol" or maybe some doctors doesn't know how to interpret them. HDL is good if its high which is equal to Total cholesterol being high also si good in the sense


You are sure right. I always subtract it and them ask the Dr.
if it is good or bad, to make sure.======