Cholesterol Numbers

Assessing the "Bad" Cholesterol

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) numbers measure the "bad" cholesterol in the blood. LDLs carry most of the cholesterol in the blood, and this cholesterol is the main source of damaging buildup and blockage in the arteries. Thus, the more LDL cholesterol you have in your blood, the greater your risk of heart disease.
LDL Cholesterol Level
LDL Cholesterol Category
Less than 100 mg/dL
100-129 mg/dL
Near optimal/above optimal
130-159 mg/dL
Borderline high
160-189 mg/dL
190 mg/dL and above
Very high
This is not the complete story regarding LDL cholesterol numbers. In the past, a doctor would calculate your goal LDL level based on your risk factors. Now, we no longer focus on LDL goals, and your risk factors help determine if you should be on cholesterol medication and what dosage should be used. 
(Click Heart Attack Risk or High Cholesterol Risk to determine your risk for having a heart attack.)
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