Although HDL cholesterol is typically thought of as 'good' cholesterol, new data from a large study suggests that at very high levels, it may actually increase the risk of coronary artery disease.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Increased risk of coronary eventIn IDEAL, very high levels of HDL cholesterol were tied to an increased risk of a major coronary event, the researchers found. After making adjustment for levels of apoA-I and other factors, each 12-point increase in HDL cholesterol raised the risk by 21 percent.
IDEAL, which included 8888 patients, assessed the benefits of high-dose statin therapy for preventing the recurrence of cardiovascular events.
SOURCE: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, February 12, 2008.
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