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Levels of cholesterol

* Cholesterol test

Levels of cholesterol are measured through a blood cholesterol test. A blood cholesterol test measures: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and Triglycerides. Values for low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol can be calculated from these three values after the cholesterol test. So an exact measurement of the LDL cholesterol level is mostly not necessary. When needed, another blood cholesterol test is taken to determine the LDL level. The aim is to have a low level of LDL cholesterol and a high level of HDL cholesterol to lower the risk of developing plaques and coronary artery disease. A regular cholesterol test will keep track of the progress you are making.

Measuring only total cholesterol by a cholesterol test can be misleading because you might have low levels of HDL cholesterol and high levels of triglycerides, but normal or perhaps high levels of LDL cholesterol. Then, a total cholesterol reading from such a cholesterol test might appear normal so that evenwith a desirable total cholesterol level, a person with a low HDL level may have an increased risk of heart disease.

* Normal cholesterol level

The following are a desirable, borderline and undesirable cholesterol level for adults over 20 years of age.

Desirable Borderline Undesirable

A desirable and normal cholesterol level varies dependant on your risk factors, such as, sex, age, family history and general health condition. So a normal cholesterol and high cholesterol level can differ from person to person. Guidelines for a high cholesterol level or high blood lipids only indicate the high possibility of you developing coronary complications and so doctors recommend lifestyle and diet changes to get down to a normal cholesterol level.

* High cholesterol level

For someone with coronary artery disease and a high cholesterol level, desirable blood cholesterol test values are:

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