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A Guide to Heart Health

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Cholesterol Levels by the Numbers

Optimal
Total cholesterol: Below 200 mg/dl

LDL cholesterol:
Below 130 mg/dl if you're healthy
Below 100 mg/dl if you have heart disease
Below 70 mg/dl if you have several risk factors

HDL cholesterol: Above 60 mg/dl

Triglycerides: Below 150 mg/dl

Borderline High
Total cholesterol: 200-239 mg/dl
LDL cholesterol: 130-159 mg/dl
Triglycerides: 150-199 mg/dl

High
Total cholesterol: Above 240 mg/dl
LDL cholesterol: 160-189 mg/dl
Triglycerides: 200 mg/dl