What is the difference between 52 years old female who had a white shining plaque and other two who didn't have?
To judge if the plaque will emit a white light or not, it is important to watch the ratio of HDL and LDL cholesterol in addition to total cholesterol.
LDL cholesterol is produced in the liver and delivered to the whole body through blood as the material of hormone or the ingredients of cell membrane. LDL cholesterol is essential to repair broken cells, but if LDL cholesterol is too much, it stays in blood vessels and goes into the wall of blood vessels through the scar, resulting in forming plaque.
The substance which clean the over-increased LDL cholesterol is HDL cholesterol. HDL cholesterol retrieves the extra LDL cholesterol and takes them back to the liver. So even if LDL cholesterol increases too much, if HDL cholesterol is plenty, plaque will not be formed. On the contrary, even if LDL cholesterol is not too much, if HDL cholesterol is little, LDL cholesterol is not retrieved, resulting in forming plaque. Therefore, the balance of LDL and HDL cholesterol is important.
When we set the value that LDL cholesterol is divided by HDL cholesterol as LDL/HDL ratio, what is LDL/HDL ratio to form a white shining plaque?
The answer is that LDL/HDL ratio is more than 2.5.
So if LDL/HDL is more than 2.5, there is a high probability that a white shining plaque is formed.
LDL/HDL ratio of the female who had a white shining plaque is:
LDL/HDL ratio=181/56=about 3.2 which is more than 2.5
On the other hand, other two males’ LDL/HDL ratios, who didn’t have a white shining plaque, were 172/81= about 2.1 and 118/52= about 2.3 which are less than 2.5.
If you recognize your LDL/HDL ratio, you can grasp the possibility of the occurrence of heart attack.
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