Cholesterol Efflux Capacity and Atherosclerosis.

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Summary of "Cholesterol Efflux Capacity and Atherosclerosis."

To the Editor: Khera et al. (Jan. 13 issue)(1) report that cholesterol efflux from macrophages was a marginally better predictor of coronary artery disease than high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (odds ratio, 0.75 vs. 0.85). They feel that the heterogeneity in particle size, charge, and protein composition of HDL make HDL cholesterol levels a poor surrogate for cholesterol efflux capacity and reduce the predictive value of HDL cholesterol for carotid intima-media thickness and coronary artery disease. Of all the HDL particles, HDL(2) plasma levels have shown the greatest hazard reduction for incident coronary heart disease.(2) Furthermore, macrophage cholesterol efflux positively . . .


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Name: The New England journal of medicine
ISSN: 1533-4406
Pages: 1472-1475


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