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There are two kinds of cholesterol (LDL) and (HDL). The LDL is considered the bad cholesterol and will build up in the walls of your arteries. The higher your LDL, the greater your risk of a heart attack.

The good HDL helps your body to get rid of the bad cholesterol in your blood, consequently you do not want these levels low.

Having high blood cholesterol is a precursor to possible heart problems. Heart disease is a killer and the number one in our nation it behooves us to attempt to understand something about the levels of cholesterol in our blood. By awareness, we can help our family and ourselves by re-directing certain bad habits that help give birth to high and dangerous LDH levels.

If your HDL-Cholesterol is low (less than 35mg/dL) then this will be of concern to your physician. Above 60 mg/dL is high and this is what we want in our HDL.

LDL Cholesterol will be checked if your good HDL is low or total cholesterol is high or borderline high and your risk for heart attack is elevated.

Total -Cholesterol
Less than 200 mg/dL is desirable.

Borderline-High
200-239 mg/dL

High
240 mg/dL or more

HDL-Cholesterol
This is considered low if less than 35 mg/dL

Blood cholesterol levels that are lower than 200mg/dL ar good. Levels of 240 mg/dL or above are high and will need attention. Blood levels of 239mg/dL with low HDL and risk factors will also need to be considered.

Risk Factors:
* Inactivity
* Smoking
* High total cholesterol and high LDL.
* Increased blood pressure
* Overweight
* Low HDL
* Diabetes
Family history of heart disease plays a part in the possibility of heart disease and of course our age, which unfortunately is out of our control. Tendency will increase in men at 45 years and women at 55 or older.