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# These days, drug companies and health professionals alike

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11 Nov 2014, 03:18
These days, drug companies and health professionals alike are focusing their attention on cholesterol in the blood. The more cholesterol we have in our blood, the higher the risk that we shall die of a heart attack. The issue is pertinent since heart disease kills more North Americans every year than any other single cause. At least three factors - smoking, drinking and exercise- can each influence levels of cholesterol in the blood.

Which one of the following can be properly concluded from the passage?

a) If a person has low blood cholesterol, then that person's risk of fatal heart disease is low - Subject under discussion is 'People with High Ch.' hence Irrelevant.
b) Smoking in moderation can entail as great a risk of fatal heart disease as does heavy smoking - Breaking of category hence wrong.
c) a high-cholesterol diet is the principal cause of death in North America - Extreme language
d) The only way that smoking increases one's risk of fatal heart disease is by influencing the levels of cholesterol in the blood - Ways How smoking influences Ch. level is not the discussion point. Also, extreme language.
e) the risk of fatal disease can be altered by certain changes in lifestyle - Correct.

Correct If I am wrong in my reasoning...
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09 Mar 2015, 22:43
onedayill wrote:
onedayill wrote:
onedayill wrote:
E

1. there might other reason exists for a person to have higher risk---eleminated
2. just says smoking can influence ..no comment on how---eliminated
3. No points that high-cholesterol food causes high cholesterol in blood--eliminated
4. No information on smoking--eliminated
5. this is the nearest hence I have chosen this

what's the OA?

What's taking it soo long to post OA.

God damn !!!
why don't people post the OA when they post the question . this is silly !!
this practice should be refrained .
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28 Apr 2016, 21:45
MO : D

a) If a person has low blood cholesterol, then that person's risk of fatal heart disease is low. (there can be other reason as well)
b) Smoking in moderation can entail as great a risk of fatal heart disease as does heavy smoking (eliminated as we are no where comparing smoking)
c)a high-cholesterol diet is the principal cause of death in North America (too strong too say principal cause)
d) The only way that smoking increases one's risk of fatal heart disease is by influencing the levels of cholesterol in the blood - as the last statement says about it.. [correct answer for me]
e) the risk of fatal disease can be altered by certain changes in lifestyle (out of scope, it says about fatal diseases)
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29 Apr 2016, 12:05
a) If a person has low blood cholesterol, then that person's risk of fatal heart disease is low. It cannot be assumed that the reverse condition will be true.
b) Smoking in moderation can entail as great a risk of fatal heart disease as does heavy smoking.the text doesn't talk about type of smoking
c)a high-cholesterol diet is the principal cause of death in North America."Principal cause" is too generelized
d) The only way that smoking increases one's risk of fatal heart disease is by influencing the levels of cholesterol in the blood.Smoking can have other effects too.
e) the risk of fatal disease can be altered by certain changes in lifestyle.This should be correct as the passage is suggesting this.

Stimulus says the more cholesterol in blood the higher the risk of death, so we can definately assume the reverse.
IMO this is clear A. In E what is this Fatal Disease, every fatal disease????Stimulus talks specifically abouth HEART DISEASE. The are million other fatal diseases that are not affected by high colesterol.
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19 Jan 2017, 01:17
Still no OA? The discussion here is too open ended!
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Updated on: 05 Jun 2017, 17:49
These days, drug companies and health professionals alike are focusing their attention on cholesterol in the blood. The more cholesterol we have in our blood, the higher the risk that we shall die of a heart attack. The issue is pertinent since heart disease kills more North Americans every year than any other single cause. At least three factors - smoking, drinking and exercise- can each influence levels of cholesterol in the blood.

Which one of the following can be properly concluded from the passage?

a) If a person has low blood cholesterol, then that person's risk of fatal heart disease is low.
b) Smoking in moderation can entail as great a risk of fatal heart disease as does heavy smoking
c)a high-cholesterol diet is the principal cause of death in North America
d) The only way that smoking increases one's risk of fatal heart disease is by influencing the levels of cholesterol in the blood
e) the risk of fatal disease can be altered by certain changes in lifestyle

Originally posted by vikasp99 on 16 Feb 2017, 06:10.
Last edited by broall on 05 Jun 2017, 17:49, edited 1 time in total.
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16 Feb 2017, 20:24
sobby wrote:
vikasp99 wrote:
These days, drug companies and health professionals alike are focusing their attention on cholesterol in the blood. The more cholesterol we have in our blood, the higher the risk that we shall die of a heart attack. The issue is pertinent since heart disease kills more North Americans every year than any other single cause. At least three factors - smoking, drinking and exercise- can each influence levels of cholesterol in the blood.

Which one of the following can be properly concluded from the passage?

a) If a person has low blood cholesterol, then that person's risk of fatal heart disease is low.
b) Smoking in moderation can entail as great a risk of fatal heart disease as does heavy smoking
c)a high-cholesterol diet is the principal cause of death in North America
d) The only way that smoking increases one's risk of fatal heart disease is by influencing the levels of cholesterol in the blood
e) the risk of fatal disease can be altered by certain changes in lifestyle

i was between A and E ..Selected E ....
For A i thought, the passage is specific about more chols. greater chnace of "heart attack" , n answer choice is taking a general case i'e fetal heart disease.there can be other heart disease that does not depend on chols level..so i rejected A

A nice way to exclude Option A sobby. Unfortunately i fell for the trap and chose A. Thank you
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05 Jun 2017, 15:10
i was stuck between A and E, i was choosing E but changed my mind because i thought that the conclusion that the question stem provided information for was in regards to levels of cholesterol and if you have low cholesterol then you have low risk factors. The changes in lifestyle just made more sense to me from a "everyday health perspective" - its obvious that that would or should be the conclusion but i chose not to go with that thought process.
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05 Jun 2017, 16:47
A is a trap answer in my opinion. Just because if a person has a "low blood cholesterol" doesn't really mean that he or she is ultimately safe. Their risk could be higher as well. The passage doesn't really state anything about "low blood cholesterol" and its correlation with heart disease. E hits the conclusion right in the head
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12 Aug 2017, 00:24
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These days, drug companies and health professionals alike are focusing their attention on cholesterol in the blood. The more cholesterol we have in our blood, the higher the risk that we shall die of a heart attack. The issue is pertinent since heart disease kills more North Americans every year than any other single cause. At least three factors - smoking, drinking and exercise - can each influence levels of cholesterol in the blood.

Which one of the following can be properly concluded from the passage?

A) If a person has low blood cholesterol, then that person's risk of fatal heart disease is low.
B) Smoking in moderation can entail as great a risk of fatal heart disease as does heavy smoking
C) A high-cholesterol diet is the principal cause of death in North America
D) The only way that smoking increases one's risk of fatal heart disease is by influencing the levels of cholesterol in the blood
E) The risk of fatal disease can be altered by certain changes in lifestyle

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I think those who chose "A" failed to identify the type of the question. This is a Must BE True question. The stimulus did not provide any information about relationship between low blood cholesterol and the fatal heart disease.
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12 Aug 2017, 01:12
Hello members,
I came down to A and E but I rejected E because I am not sure if we can consider heart disease as a subset of fatal disease.
I mean many other diseases can come under fatal disease. But the argument talks only about heart disease.

Kindly help and correct my reasoning.

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14 Aug 2017, 08:16
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Hello members,
I came down to A and E but I rejected E because I am not sure if we can consider heart disease as a subset of fatal disease.
I mean many other diseases can come under fatal disease. But the argument talks only about heart disease.

Kindly help and correct my reasoning.

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Hi,

This is my approach (sharing because I got this question right well within 2 minutes). I try to choose an option which is LEAST WRONG, rather than a PERFECT ONE.

(A) Causal relationship is distorted. Yes, higher the cholesterol, higher the risk of disease. But there are N number of factors which can cause fatal disease EVEN IF cholesterol is ZERO. Therefore, based on the stimulus, we cannot say lower the cholesterol, lower the risk of fatal disease.

(B) Definitely wrong. Cannot deduce this based on the stimulus.

(C) High blood cholesterol is an issue, not high cholesterol diet.

(D) Definitely wrong. Cannot deduce this based on the stimulus.

(E) First things first. If heart disease kills people in NA, then it is fatal. To your second point --> Had it said, "The risk of fatal disease is DECREASED..", it would have been definitely wrong because we cannot deduce that from the question stem as heart disease is not the only fatal disease. However, based on the stimulus, we can definitely deduce that by making CERTAIN changes in the lifestyle (based on the 3 lifestyle factors mentioned in the stimulus), we can ALTER the risk. To help you imagine, let's assume someone is about to get mouth cancer because of tobacco and a heart disease because of smoking. And let's assume that lung cancer is more deadly. Even if this is the case, based on the stimulus, I can still say with confidence that risk of fatal disease can be ALTERED by CERTAIN changes in the lifestyle, without mentioning the nature of alteration.

Hope this explains.
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21 Jan 2019, 17:35
The more cholesterol we have in our blood, the higher the risk that we shall die of a heart attack.

This is type of positive correlation between blood cholesterol and risk of fatal due to heart attack.
In positive correlation, we say more x, more y.
Therefor we can deduce that less x, less y.

Isn't it?
Please throw some light on my understanding!
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21 Jan 2019, 18:42
Conclusion - more than one factor influence in North America . They must be with in Three factors - smoking , Drinking - Increase & Excercises - decreases cholesterol . So manitaining am healthy lifestyle among North American is the only conclusion

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04 Apr 2020, 21:36
Can anyone explain why it isn't A but E?
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