Published in Cardiovascular Device Liability Week, September 26th, 2004
The current test measures total cholesterol and the breakdown of good HDL and bad LDL cholesterol. The new test, discussed at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, instead measures the ratio of bad LDL cholesterol particles to good HDL cholesterol particles.
The smaller bad particles are called apolipoprotein B molecules and the good ones are called apolipoprotein A1 molecules. A ratio of 1 to 2 is considered low risk, while a ratio approaching 1 to 1 would be considered high risk, and...
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