Understanding Your Cholesterol Level Topic Guide

Cholesterol Charts (What the Numbers Mean) Cholesterol Charts (What the Numbers Mean):

Blood cholesterol levels are measured by a simple blood test. Elevated LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol), and low levels of HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) levels, and high triglyceride levels puts a person at an increased risk for heart attack or stroke. HDL, LDL, and triglyceride levels are described as:

  • Optimal
  • Near or above optimal
  • Borderline high
  • High
  • Very high

The primary goal for a person with high triglycerides or cholesterol levels is to lower them with lifestyle changes like:



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