High-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Recommendations for routine testing and treatment

Postgrad Med. 1990 May 15;87(7):36-44, 47, 51. doi: 10.1080/00325481.1990.11704654.


Evidence from epidemiologic, lipid intervention, and coronary angiographic studies demonstrates the importance of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) in coronary artery disease (CAD) risk. Data from these studies strongly support the measurement of HDL-C in all patients screened for CAD. Patients with low levels should be treated using nonpharmacologic measures. High-risk patients deserve consideration for specific drug treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cholesterol, HDL*
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Coronary Disease / epidemiology
  • Coronary Disease / etiology*
  • Coronary Disease / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Hypercholesterolemia / complications*
  • Hypercholesterolemia / diagnosis
  • Hypercholesterolemia / drug therapy
  • Mass Screening
  • Risk Factors
  • United States


  • Cholesterol, HDL