New and Improved Method to Calculate LDL Cholesterol Numbers

James SteinOctober 27, 2017

CVRC trainer, James Stein, speaks of a more helpful method to calculate LDL cholesterol levels.

James Stein, MD, professor, Cardiovascular Medicine and Robert Turell Professor in Cardiovascular Research, commented on a new and improved method to calculate the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol number that is starting to filter into standard laboratory reports. The more accurate calculation is based on research performed by Seth Martin, MD, MHS (not pictured), and colleagues at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Stein said that the “revised conversion factor better reflects the cholesterol component of VLDL. It is empirically derived and is an advance. It will be especially useful in people with very low LDL-C and as triglycerides increase.”

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