By: Travis Akin
What is cholesterol?
There are two types of cholesterol. Neither cholesterol is good or bad but there must be an equal balance between the two to stay healthy.
LDL, or people refer this to bad cholesterol.
HDL, or the "good" cholesterol.
Triglycerides, elevated levels of triglyceride is a risk of stroke.
How to test cholesterol levels?
To test cholesterol level you must go through lipoprotein profile.
The lipoprotein profile tests levels of HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides.
Total Normal cholesterol: below 200 mg/dL
Total High Cholesterol: above 250 mg/dL
Normal LDL: Below 100 mg/dL
High LDL: Above 160 mg/dL
Normal HDL: Above 60 mg/dL
Low HDL: below 40 mg/dL
Normal triglycerides: Below 150 mg/dL
High triglycerides: above 200 mg/dL
Why do doctors test for cholesterol? Doctors test the cholesterol levels to see if the levels are too high and if the levels are too high then the patient is at an increased risk of heart disease.
What is the relationship of cholesterol and heart disease? If cholesterol levels are too high then the heart is working harder than normal which increases the risk of a heart attack.