What Causes Elevated LDL Cholesterol Level?
Elevated LDL cholesterol level can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose elevated LDL cholesterol level, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "elevated LDL cholesterol level" as a symptom. Here are three possibilities:
- High LDL/HDL Ratio
- Heart Disease
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
heart attack(s) in father
no vitamin E supplementation
discontinued multiple vitamin use
leg cramps caused by walking
current birth control pill use
history of birth control pill use
recent onset hypertension
pain between shoulder blades
... and more than 30 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of elevated LDL cholesterol level:
|High LDL/HDL Ratio
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Cholesterol, LDL. What is your fasting LDL cholesterol level? Unit: mg/dL [mmol/L]
→ Don't know
→ Under 100 [2.59] (normal/optimal)
→ 100 to 130 [2.59-3.38] (borderline high)
→ 131 to 160 [3.39-4.14] (high)
→ Over 160 [4.14] (very high)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate optimal LDL cholesterol level, slightly high LDL cholesterol level, high LDL cholesterol level or very high LDL cholesterol level, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
... and also rule out issues such as: