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February 3, 2020 at 8:25 am

Dispatch Quotes Malinski on LDL Cholesterol Research

Dr. Tadeusz Malinski, portrait

Dr. Tadeusz Malinski

The Columbus Dispatch quotes Dr. Tadeusz Malinski about his cholesterol research in a story headlined “Why researchers say term ‘bad cholesterol’ might be misleading.”

Malinski is the the Marvin & Ann Dilley White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Ohio University.

LDL has long been considered an indicator of potential heart attacks or stroke, but a 2009 UCLA study showed that about 75% of heart-attack patients didn’t have high LDL cholesterol. Almost half the patients in the study had an LDL level of less than 100 milligrams per deciliter.

“This number shows that there’s practically no correlation between high cholesterol and heart attacks,” said Dr. Tadeusz Malinski, an Ohio University biochemistry professor.

Malinski recently published a study showing that a certain type of LDL is a better predictor of potential heart attacks than is the mere presence of LDL. There are three subclasses of LDL, and only one is proved to have damaging health effects, increasing the risk of heart disease, according to the study published in the November issue of the International Journal of Nanomedicine.

“Understanding this could lead to improving the accuracy of diagnosis for the evaluation of cardiovascular-disease rates,” Malinski said.

Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

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