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UNDERSTAND YOUR HDL CHOLESTEROL RESULT

The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) has divided HDL cholesterol level into three groups: Desirable, Average Risk, and High Risk. Your CholesTrak® HDL reading will place you in one of these groups. Read the Group Suggested Actions below for possible courses of action.

HDL Cholesterol Risk Categories
Desirable 60 (or more) 60 (or more)
Average Risk 41-59 51-59
High Risk 40 (or less) 50 (or less)

Source: American Heart Association and NIH

Group Suggested Actions

  • Desirable--This HDL cholesterol level suggests that you are most likely at low risk for heart disease. Frequency of testing should be done in consultation with your physician.
  • Average Risk--This HDL cholesterol level suggests that you may be at an increased risk for heart disease. You should consult your physician for possible courses of action.
  • High Risk--This HDL cholesterol level suggests that you may be at a greater risk for heart disease whether or not you have any additional risk factors.* People in this group may require medical attion. Please consult your physician for advice.
  • If you scored in the High Risk category, you should seek advice from your physician.
  • You may test again with CholesTrak® HDL. However, frequency of testing should be done in consultation with your physician.
  • *Additional risk factors include age, obesity, total cholesterol, systolic blood pressure, treatment for hypertension and smoking.

Cardio Heart Disease Risk Assessment

The American Heart Asscciation calculates your risk for cardio heart disease by dividing your total cholesterol reading by your HDL cholesterol reading. The results are divided into Ideal, Acceptable, and High Risk. For a quick cardio heart disease risk assessment, go to our Cholesterol Report section of this website.

Cardio Heart Disease Risk Factors
Ideal 3.5 (or less) 3.0 (or less)
Acceptable 4.5 (or less) 3.5 (or less)
High Risk 5.0 (or more) 4.0 (or more)

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