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Cholesterol By the Numbers

The following ranges are for those who have a low risk of heart disease. Those with more risk factors including smoking, overweight, diabetes, a family history of heart disease and age generally have more stringent recommendations. Talk to your doctor or or use this interactive tool from the National Cholesterol Education Program to calculate your own risk of a heart attack and see where your cholesterol levels should be.


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What It Means




Total Cholesterol



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T-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Ideal




T-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Between 200 and 239





Borderline high




240 and above



High




LDL Cholesterol



Below 100



Optimal





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Between 100 and 129


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Near optimal/above optimal



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130-159


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Borderline high



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160-189




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High



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Above 190


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Very high



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HDL Cholesterol


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Less than 40






Low and considered a major risk factor for heart disease





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50 or higher



Preferred







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60 mg/dL or more



Ideal. Helps lower your risk of heart disease




Triglycerides


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Under 100



Ideal






>149 or lower



>Normal risk of coronary artery disease




>150-199



>Borderline high risk of coronary artery disease




>200-499





High risk of coronary artery disease




500 or above



Very high risk of developing coronary artery disease


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