High Serum Cholesterol Evaluation
- Small fatty tumors on the skin surface.
Tests that may be used to evaluate high cholesterol include:
High Serum Cholesterol Serum Cholesterol
|Relative Heart Risk||Total Cholesterol (mg/dL)|
|Very Low Risk||150|
|High Risk||greater than 300|
High Serum Cholesterol Serum HDL
High levels of HDL cholesterol seems to provide protection from damage to the arteries. An HDL over 35 mg/dL lowers the risk of heart disease. However, an HDL less than 35 mg/dL increases risk for heart disease.
Cardiovascular Risk by HDL Levels
|Very Low Risk||65||75|
|High Risk||under 25||under 40|
Cardiovascular Risk by Total Cholesterol to HDL Ratio
|Very Low Risk||3.4||3.3|
|High Risk||over 23||over 11|
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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