LDL, Low-Density Lipoprotein, is a type of protein carrying cholesterol. And, an LDL particle test helps to evaluate the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Usually, an LDL particle test reflects the number, size, density, and/or electrical charge of LDL. However, as hospitals take various testing methods, the results and the reference ranges vary.
- In general, the lower the LDL level, the better.
- If the person has much small, dense LDL (sdLDL) and increased LDL-P levels, it suggests a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
- On the other hand, a large LDL with a low LDL-P level means no additional risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Keywords: LDL Particle Size or Number; LDL Particle Testing (LDL-P); LDL Subclasses; LDL Subfractions; Low-Density Lipoprotein Subfraction Profile; NMR Particle Test; sdLDL