Total Cholesterol:HDL Ratio
What is the Total Cholesterol:HDL Ratio?
Why is it measured?
The higher the TC:HDL ratio, the greater the risk of cardiovascular events. Total cholesterol is calculated by adding LDL ("bad" cholesterol), HDL ("good" cholesterol), and 20% of triglycerides. Even if HDL is high individually, you could still be at risk for cardiovascular events if LDL is even higher. Thus, the ratio can assess your risk much more accurately. Recent studies have shown that the TC:HDL ratio is an important clinical predictor of acute myocardial infarction, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
How can I better understand my results?
In order to better interpret your results, here are some values to refer to:
If you are concerned with any of your values, please consult with your physician.
Where can I learn more?