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lLDL vs sLDLHigh LDL readings may not be as bad as you think. You have consider some other ?iimportant factors as well. For instance, did you know that LDL comes in all sizes and shapes? And the small LDL particles are the ones you need to be aware of. If you have large LDL particles, they are buoyant and flow through your artieries much easier.

It is the small LDL particles that you have to watch out for. They can easily get lodged in the artertial walls and cause plaque formation once readily oxidized. The small LDL is thought to cause heart disese 3-4x more than its large counterpart. 

For a quick indication, have your triglyceride level checked using the standard blood test. If the reading is >200 mg/dL, then you probably have small, dense LDL, also called Pattern B. Then you should try get it below 170. You can calculate your recommended baseline LDL here.

However, even a healthy triglyceride number does not necessarily give you a free ride from heart disease. It all depends on the average particle size of the LDL.  You can get a referal from your doctor to an area lab offering advanced lipid-profile testing. The referral sometimes will get you a cheaper rate.

To calculate your own risk of heart attack, see here.

My cholesterol readings - It took some time for me to convert 100% to coconut oil, animal fats and olive oils. It probably started sometime in 2011-12 time frame. My total cholesterol is higher than normal, but so is my HDL. Triglyceride numbers are very sensitive and it's not very consistent.  Numbers from the doctor vs. insurance co. are not consist. LDL is high, but the ratio is still in excellent range for low to no risk of heart attack. (Yay!) I probably should start to include flaxseed oil/cottage cheese at some point.

 Date    My Result  Expected Range Ratios Desired
6/3/99
(doc)
Total CHO
HDL
LDL
Triglycerides
144
61
67
79
140-240 mg/dL
>35-55 mg/dL
0-129 mg/dL
>10-150 mg/dL
HDL/CHO=42%
Tri/HDL=1.3
>25% okay
< 2
9/8/06
(insur)
Total CHO
HDL
LDL
Triglycerides
152
71
65
77
140-240 mg/dL
35-55 mg/dL
0-129 mg/dL
10-150 mg/dL
HDL/CHO=47% 
Tri/HDL=1.1
>30% preferred
>2
11/20/08
(doc)
Total CHO
HDL
LDL
Triglycerides
151
71
69
54
100-199 mg/dL
40-80 mg/dL
57-100 mg/dL
10-150 mg/dL
HDL/CHO=47% 
Tri/HDL=.76
>40% almost immune
>2
12/7/10
(doc)
Total CHO
HDL
LDL
Triglycerides
163
67
75
42
130-200 mg/dL
40-85 mg/dL
0-100 mg/dL
10-150 mg/dL
HDL/CHO=41% 
Tri/HDL=.63
<10-15% inevitable
< 2
1/6/12
(doc)
Total CHO
HDL
LDL
Triglycerides
169
82
77
26
130-200 mg/dL
40-85 mg/dL
0-100 mg/dL
10-150 mg/dL
HDL/CHO=49% 
Tri/HDL=.32
> 25%
< 2
 7/2/13
(insur)
Total CHO 
HDL
LDL
Triglycerides
 168
77
79
57
 140-240 mg/dL
35-55 mg/dL
0-129 mg/dL
0-150 mg/dL
HDL/CHO=46% 
Tri/HDL=.74
> 25%
< 2
 5/16/14
(doc)
Total CHO
HDL
LDL
Triglycerides 
213
102
102
19
130-200 mg/dL
40-85 mg/dL
0-100 mg/dL
10-150 mg/dL
HDL/CHO=48% 
Tri/HDL=.19 
> 25%< 2
9/12/14
(insur) 
Total CHO
HDL
LDL
Triglycerides 
201
88
100
63 
130-260 mg/dL
30-70 mg/dL
70-130 mg/dL
10-300 mg/dL 
HDL/CHO=44% 
Tri/HDL=.72
> 25%
< 2


Source & Reference:

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/35058886/ns/health-heart_health/t/small-ldl-particles-pose-biggest-risk/#.VHpKezHF838
http://www.johnshopkinshealthalerts.com/reports/heart_health/1886-1.html
http://aristos.com/ldl-target.php
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/17/stephen-sinatra-on-cholesterol-statins-coq10-ubiquinol.aspx