Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Cholesterol Elevated Serum LDL

High LDL cholesterol increases the risk of damage to the arteries that leads to heart disease. An ideal LDL level is less than 130 mg/dl. A mildly elevated LDL is between 130 and 159 mg/dL. A high LDL is over 160 mg/dL.

Relative Heart RiskLDL Level (mg/dL)Comments
Low Risk< 100Desirable
Average Risk 100 to 129Near optimal / Above optimal
Moderate Risk130 to 159Borderline High
High Risk160 to 189High
Very High Risk190+Very high

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Last Updated: Nov 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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