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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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Last edited by broall on 05 Jun 2017, 18:54, edited 2 times in total.
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New post 21 May 2010, 02:47
Just trying to attempt... I might b wrong.. but im learning..

B : Incorrect as no comparison of smoking in Stimulus.
C : Incorrect as not Principle cause
D : Incorrect as it says Only way

Doubt btw A or E.

When i started this problem i was going with A but in couple of mins i came down to E..

So i think its E..

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Just trying to attempt... I might b wrong.. but im learning..

B : Incorrect as no comparison of smoking in Stimulus.
C : Incorrect as not Principle cause
D : Incorrect as it says Only way

Doubt btw A or E.

When i started this problem i was going with A but in couple of mins i came down to E..

So i think its E..


I am curious how you eliminated A ...can you please explain ?

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IMO A

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Just trying to attempt... I might b wrong.. but im learning..

B : Incorrect as no comparison of smoking in Stimulus.
C : Incorrect as not Principle cause
D : Incorrect as it says Only way

Doubt btw A or E.

When i started this problem i was going with A but in couple of mins i came down to E..

So i think its E..


I am curious how you eliminated A ...can you please explain ?


Yes now i think the ans is A..
As in E i misread Fatal Disease with Fatal Heart Disease..

If E also would have Fatal Heart Disease mentioned then i would have gone with E as E would be better than A..

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I was thinking E, since everything else is so far off.
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New post 22 May 2010, 04:02
Good question. IMO A and D.

This is the close contender, but it also fails the Mistaken Negation test. We dont have any other option as good as D. It also connects the cholestrol levels and fatal heart disease. So, I will go with D.

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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.
Incorrect.

b) Smoking in moderation can entail as great a risk of fatal heart disease as does heavy smoking
We are not given the required level of such habits to influence the cases. Incorrect.
c)a high-cholesterol diet is the principal cause of death in North America
No mention of DIET. Incorrect.

d) The only way that smoking increases one's risk of fatal heart disease is by influencing the levels of cholesterol in the blood
This is extreme case. In addition, passage is having this as one of the ATLEAST causes. Close Contender.

e) the risk of fatal disease can be altered by certain changes in lifestyle
Stimulus is on FATAL HEART DISEASE. fatal disease is too generalized. Moreover, no relationship is given above b/w lifestyle changes and fatal disease. Incorrect


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OA plzz...??

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New post 24 May 2010, 11:10
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
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New post 26 May 2010, 12:29
I would go for (A) because all other options are extreme in relation to the argument.

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New post 26 May 2010, 12:40
(A) can't be properly concluded from the passage. We don't know what are the other risk factors besides cholesterol in the blood. To be a good option, A should read as: If a person has low blood cholesterol, then that person's risk of fatal heart disease is LOWER (in comparison whith a person with high blood cholesterol). Because the stem says: the MORE cholesterol we have in our blood, the HIGHER the risk...

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New post 26 May 2010, 13:43
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



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New post 15 Jun 2010, 18:43
IMO A
Why are we concerned with other reasons since we need to conclude from the info. cited in the argument??
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Answer should be E.

A) If a person has low blood cholesterol, then that person's risk of fatal heart disease is low.

The argument states that high cholesterol may increase the risk of fatal heart disease, but it does not say that if one's cholesterol is low then this risk is low. In fact, consider the case in which a person has low cholesterol, but has genetic predisposition towards heart diseases; he will still face a high risk of heart fatal disease. This case clearly contradicts A...thus A is out.

E) The risk of fatal disease can be altered by certain changes in lifestyle.

Correct. In mathematical terms: variable "cholesterol" influences the variable "risk of heart disease". Can "heart disease" be a fatal disease? Yes, since the argument says that many people are killed by this disease every year.
So cholesterol affects the risk of fatal disease.
Last, does lifestyle affect cholesterol? Yes, for example in terms of smoking, drinking, and exercise habits. Lifestyle affects the risk of fatal disease.
Thus E is correct.

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New post 16 Jun 2010, 00:44
will go with E
"can be" is the pick of the word for me.
And A is a clear mistaken negation.

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IMO E

Must be true type question. A is a strong statement which has disclaimers attached to it.

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New post 16 Jun 2010, 07:57
big confusion ,....... A or D .....

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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.
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vijayvenky wrote:
will go with E
"can be" is the pick of the word for me.
And A is a clear mistaken negation.


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A) If a person has low blood cholesterol, then that person's risk of fatal heart disease is low.

The argument states that high cholesterol may increase the risk of fatal heart disease, but it does not say that if one's cholesterol is low then this risk is low. In fact, consider the case in which a person has low cholesterol, but has genetic predisposition towards heart diseases; he will still face a high risk of heart fatal disease. This case clearly contradicts A...thus A is out.

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E ?

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