Table 2

Estimated short-term and long-term variation of lipoprotein profiles

TCLDLHDLTC/HDLLDL/HDL
‘Signal (S)’: Long-term variation
 Year 10.030.030.0040.040.02
 Year 30.100.080.0120.120.07
‘Noise (N)’: Short-term within-person variation0.120.080.020.080.05
(CV, %)(6.4)(9.4)(8.0)(7.9)(10.6)
S/N ratio
 Year 10.30.40.20.50.4
 Year 30.80.990.71.61.5
  • CV, coefficient of variation; HDL, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; LDL, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; S/N, signal-to-noise; TC, total cholesterol.