Ask the Doctor: Should low HDL get more attention?

Ask the Doctor

Should low HDL get more attention?

Q. My doctor is focused on keeping my LDL in a good range, but she doesn't seem too concerned that my HDL is on the low side. Shouldn't it get the same attention?

A. You are asking about one of the important unanswered questions in cardiology. I believe we have enough information, though, to support a more intense focus on HDL.

Interest in boosting HDL (good cholesterol) is growing. New agents for raising HDL are being tested. But you needn't wait for them — you can make lifestyle changes or try one of the HDL-raising medications that have been available for years.

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