non-HDL cholesterol High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Apolipoprotein B in the Prediction of Coronary Heart Disease in Men
ApoB is the protein component of a lipid molecule that carries around the cholesterol. This study compared which was a better marker for coronary heart disease–non HDL cholesterol (the amount of LDL and VLDL cholesterol together) vs ApoB. Elevated ApoB was the best predictor of risk at 4.18 times the risk. Above and beyond “traditional” risk factors.
This is not the first study to come to this conclusion, and yet it’s use is still few and far between in clinical practice.