Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, May 25th, 2003
High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke. A total cholesterol level <200 mg/dL signifies a lower risk for heart disease. Total cholesterol of 240 mg/dL or above is considered high. A person with this level may have more than twice the risk of heart disease as someone whose cholesterol is below 200 mg/dL.
"Our data indicate that the trend in population decreases in total cholesterol concentration seems to have markedly slowed," said Earl S. Ford, MD, MPH, a medical officer in the...
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