Recently I had a full blood cholesterol test (following fasting for 14hrs). I received a letter saying I need to make an appointment to see my doctor.
When I called today to make the appointment the receptionist gave me the results over the phone:
Someone told me to divide the total cholesterol by the HDL. Apparently the aim is to get the figure below 5.0
Mine is: 8.3 divided by 1.32 = 6.29
The annoying thing is I watch my diet very careful. I am on a low fat diet. At weekends I have the odd indian or chinese meal and sometimes a McDonalds. But I'm pretty health conscious.
I'm a bit worried, because apart from my valve replacement I've had two aortic aneurysms. They remarked that the connective tissue in the aorta was weakened and I should watch blood pressure and cholesterol. Also my congenital heart condition puts me at higher risk of coronary artery disease apparently.
Any words of wisdom appreciated.
Jonathan, West Sussex, UK
Complex congenital heart disease
2 Coarctation repairs ate age 17
Aortic Valve & Root replacement (CarboMedics CarboSeal 27mm) Oct. 1998
Resection Descending Aortic Aneurysm, Feb. 99