Jun 15, 2006
What does High Cholestrol mean for a HIV patient? Ch. total 258 Trigly 138 HDL 97 LDL 124 Which of these should be watched the most?
Response from Dr. Henry
Those readings would be usual for an HIV infected patient on treatment. usually the HDL (good cholesterol) level is low (< 40) so I wonder if there isn't a mistake with the level of 97 (which would be high and protective of heart disease). If there are no other major risk factors for heart disease then an LDL of 124 is often OK while if there exists considerable risk (or known pre-existing heart disease) then an LDL level < 100 sometimes is the target for treatment. Generally the major focus is first LDL then HDL. KH
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