Heart Attacks in Women - Cholesterol and Triglycerides

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What do my cholesterol and triglyceride numbers mean?

Total cholesterol level - Lower is better. Less than 200 mg/dL is best.
Total Cholesterol Level Category
Less than 200 mg/dl Desirable
200 - 239 mg/dl Borderline high
240 mg/dl High

LDL (bad) cholesterol - Lower is better. Less than 100 mg/dL is best.
LDL Cholesterol Level Category
Less than 100 mg/dl Optimal
100 - 129 mg/dl Near optimal/above optimal
130 - 159 mg/dl Borderline high
160 - 189 mg/dl High
190 mg/dl and above Very High

HDL (good) cholesterol - Higher is better. More than 60 mg/dL is best.

Triglyceride levels - Lower is better. Less than 150mg/dL is best.

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