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READING CHOLESTEROL LAB TEST: REACH FOR YOUR TARGETS

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Heart Health

READING CHOLESTEROL LAB TEST: REACH FOR YOUR TARGETS

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Your doctor might have requested that you perform cholesterol check tests, either as a part of a typical checkup or he doubts you may be at risk for developing heart disease. 1 , 2

Be prepared for the test by fasting for 9 to 12 hours before the blood test. This test will measure a full "lipid profile", which examine your levels of LDL, HDL, triglycerides, and total cholesterol. 1

Check Your Readings:

 

Desirable:

Borderline high risk

High risk

Total cholesterol

< 200 mg/dL

 

200-239

> 240 mg/dL

HDL cholesterol

 

 

Less than 40 mg/dL for men

less than 50 mg/dL for women

Triglycerides

< 150 mg/dL

 

150-199 mg/dL

200-499 mg/dL

LDL

 

<189 mg/dL*

>190 mg/dL

*For LDL levels that are equal to or less than 189 mg/dL, the guidelines recommend strategies for lowering LDL by 30% to 50% depending on what other risk factors you have that can affect the health of your heart and blood vessels. Adapted from ref. 1

Based on the recent guidelines, all adults should perform cholesterol tests every 4 to 6 years, starting at age 20 (this is when cholesterol levels might start to go up).1, 2

 

 

 

References:

1.       Understanding Your Cholesterol Test Results. WebMD. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/cholesterol-tests-understand-your-results#1 4/ Last accessed: 25/06/2019

2.       What Are the Recommended Cholesterol Levels by Age? Healthline. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/high-cholesterol/levels-by-age#next-steps Last accessed: 25/06/2019