Cholesterol Ratios

HDL/LDL Cholesterol

HDL/LDL ratios compare the level of good cholesterol (HDL) to bad cholesterol (LDL). In the case of HDL/LDL ratios, the goal is to keep this ratio above .3:1, with the ideal being above .4:1.

Things to Remember Regarding Ratios and Cholesterol

A person may receive several ratios with his or her cholesterol test results. However, in most cases, your healthcare provider will not use these ratios to determine if you have "healthy cholesterol." Instead, he or she will look at your LDL and HDL levels along with your other risk factors for heart disease.
(Click High Cholesterol Risk to learn about your risk for heart disease or click Cholesterol Numbers to see if your cholesterol level is healthy.)
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