Total cholesterol is not a good indicator of heart disease risk
It's common knowledge that blood cholesterol can contribute to development of heart disease.
However, the actual amount of cholesterol in the blood is not the only factor that will indicate an individual's risk for heart disease. A complete blood cholesterol test or lipogram may give a better indication of the total risk or chance of an individual developing heart disease.
Other risk factors that has to be investigated include a family history of elevated cholesterol, early onset heart disease or death of a family member due to heart disease or abnormal lipo protein, homocystein and even c-reactive protein levels. Overweight, in particular central (apple shape) obesity is also regarded a risk for development of heart disease.
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