High Serum Cholesterol 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 Risk||LDL Level (mg/dL)||Comments|
|Low Risk||< 100||Desirable|
|Average Risk||100 to 129||Near optimal / Above optimal|
|Moderate Risk||130 to 159||Borderline High|
|High Risk||160 to 189||High|
|Very High Risk||190+||Very high|
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