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Remnant Lipoproteins

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Updated June 28, 2010

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Definition: Remnant lipoproteins are particles very similar to LDL, or “bad” cholesterol and are made up of more cholesterol than protein in their structure. These particles include very low-density lipoproteins (vldl) and intermediate density lipoproteins (IDL).

Studies are finding remnant lipoproteins to have the ability to contribute to atherosclerosis, the formation of thick plaques in the arteries that could result in heart disease. Remnant lipoproteins can be reduced by cholesterol-lowering medications such as statins, fibrates, and niacin.

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