Calculating your Heart Attack Risk

Just as I had mentioned in the newsletter March/April 2013, cholesterol itself is not the main contributing factor to heart attack risk. More importantly are the HDL (good cholesterol) to Total cholesterol ratio. HDL/total cholesterol can be calculated by looking at your blood lipid profile and dividing your HDL by total cholesterol. Example: HDL 45, Total cholesterol 220, 45/220 = .20

Breakdown of ratios in Adults:

.24 and above is ideal

.24 and under is low risk

.10 or less is very dangerous for heart attack risk

So, the higher the ratio the better you are at avoiding heart attack and atherosclerosis

Another ratio that is also important has to do with triglycerides and HDL. Take your triglycerides and divide by HDL. In most adults people that have high triglycerides also have increased clotting factors in their blood. Remember HDL is generally protective to the heart and blood vessels.

Breakdown of ratios in Adults:

2 or less is ideal

4 is high risk

6 is much to high and risk is very high

A Harvard study published in Circulation 1997 indicated the following:

Triglyceride to HDL ratio is a very strong predictor of heart attack, more than the LDL to HDL ratio. They also found just elevated triglycerides levels (above 150) increases your heart attack risk three fold. Lastly, those with the higher triglyceride ratio to HDL had a 16 increase in heart attacks versus those at 2 or less. Something to calculate! Again there are natural means of balancing these different fats that your body produces without drug side effects. Just a reminder, check out our newsletter on facebook or our website. or Thanks!

Dr. Reade