UNDERSTANDING YOUR TOTAL CHOLESTEROL RESULT
The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) has divided total cholesterol levels into three groups: Desirable, Borderline-High, and High. Your CholesTrak® Total Cholesterol reading will place you in one of these groups. Read the Group Suggested Actions below for possible courses of action.
|Total Cholesterol Risk Categories|
|Results*||Risk Levels||Group-Suggested Actions|
|Less than 200 mg/dL (5.2 mmol/L)||Desirable||This cholesterol level suggests that you are most likely at low risk for heart disease. If you have no other risk factors, you may repeat the screening test in 3-6 months.|
|200-239 mg/dL (5.2-6.1 mmol/L)||Borderline-High||You may be at an increased risk for heart disease. You should talk to your doctor. If your score is 230 or higher, you may be in a high-risk group that requires medical advice. Suggested to test again in 1-3 months.|
|240 mg/dL and above (6.2 mmol/L and above)||High||You may be at greater risk for heart disease whether or not you have additional risk factors. You should ask your doctor for advice. Suggested to test every 6-8 weeks.|
*Results for U.S. are measured in mg/dL and internationally are measured in mmol/L
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 on this site.
|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)|