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Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that can clog arteries, leading to heart disease. Cholesterol tests check the levels of your total blood cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides.

Total Blood Cholesterol

Less than 200 mg/dL..........Desirable

200-239 mg/dL...................Boderline High

240 mg/dL or higher...........High

LDL

(Your actual LDL goal depends on your other heart disease risk factors. Be sure to discuss this number with your doctor.)

Less than 100 mg/dL..........Optimal

100-129 mg/dL...................Near/Above Optimal

130-159 mg/dL...................Borderline High

160-189 mg/dL...................High

190 mg/dL or higher...........Very High

HDL

A reading of less than 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women increase the risk for heart disease. An HDL level of 60 mg/dL or more helps lower your risk for heart disease.

Triglycerides

Less than 150 mg/dL..........Normal

150-199 mg/dL...................Borderline High

200-499 mg/dL...................High

500 mg/dL or higher...........Very High