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'Good' cholesterol alone won't lower risk of heart disease, study finds

'Good' cholesterol alone won't lower risk of heart disease, study finds

Over the years people have come to understand that so-called “good” cholesterol protects them from heart disease. New research confirms that high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, cholesterol does stave off cardiovascular troubles – but only so long as two other indicators are in line too.

HDL may not be protective if the “bad” cholesterol, or LDL, and triglycerides, or TG, are not at normal levels, even if the good cholesterol is high, said Dr. Michael Miller, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and preventive cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

“There’s no question...

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