The Numbers at a Glance

The following table outlines healthy cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol Category
Healthy Level
Total Cholesterol
Less than 200 mg/dL
Less than 100 mg/dL, but will depend on the number of risk factors
Greater than 40 mg/dL, but the higher the better
Less than 150 mg/dL
(These levels are measured in milligrams [mg] of cholesterol per deciliter [dL] of blood.)
(Click Cholesterol Levels to learn about the guidelines for the different categories.)

High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a condition that affects 40 million Americans and is one of the risk factors for developing heart disease. Each year, more than a million Americans have heart attacks and about a half-million die from heart disease.
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