Do you get confused about the results of your blood serum cholesterol numbers when you get them back from your doctor’s office? Let’s look at the real indicators for heart disease when it comes to these test results:
It is the ratio between the level of HDL – “good” cholesterol and the total cholesterol number that we need to be concerned about. Therefore, in adults, the HDL good cholesterol number ratio should be higher than 0.24 (get this by dividing your HDL level by your cholesterol total number). So, that being said: 0.24 or higher is considered ideal, under 0.24 – Low; less than 0.10 – very dangerous. The higher the ratio, the better it is which lowers your risk of a heart attack.
Now, HDL is also closely related to your triglycerides. It appears that people with high triglyceride levels and low HDL numbers have high levels of clotting factors in their bloodsteam, which is NOT HEALTHY to protect you from heart disease.
The Trigylceride/HDL – good cholesterol ratio should be below 2. You get this by dividing your triglycerides level by your HDL number. The Triglyceride/HDL ratio is: 2 or less is considered ideal; 4 – High; 6 – Much Too High.
Since HDL is protective against heart disease, the lower the ratio the better. The lower your triglycerides and the higher your HDL, the smaller the ratio becomes. People with the highest ratio of triglycerides to HDL – had 16 times the risk of a heart attack as those with the lowest ratio of triglycerides to HDL.
It is now believed that the trigylcerides/HDL ratio is one of the most potent predictors of hear disease.
In addition, after the age of 45 you should also get your CRP (C-reactive protein) level checked along with your cholesterol check. The homosystiene levels as well, can be important indicators of inflammation of the heart.