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Total Cholesterol:HDL-C Ratio

What is the Total Cholesterol:HDL Ratio?

Total Cholesterol:HDL-C (TC:HDL) is an important metric of cardiovascular health that compares bad and good cholesterol. It is calculated by dividing your total cholesterol level by your HDL-C level.

Why is it measured?

The higher the TC:HDL ratio, the greater the risk of cardiovascular events. Total cholesterol is calculated by adding LDL-C ("bad" cholesterol), HDL-C ("good" cholesterol), and 20% of triglycerides. Even if HDL-C is high individually, you could still be at risk for cardiovascular events if LDL-C 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:

For more information on how to improve your TC:HDL ratio, please refer to the Total Cholesterol and/or HDL-C biomarker pages. Additionally, you may also find the LDL-C and Triglycerides pages helpful.

If you are concerned with any of your values, please consult with your physician.

Where can I learn more?

University of Rochester Medical Center - Lipid Panel with Total Cholesterol:HDL

Cleveland Clinic - Cholesterol Numbers and What They Mean

 

DISCLAIMER: IF YOU ARE CONCERNED WITH ANY OF YOUR RESULTS, PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN.