What Is the Normal Range for Cholesterol?

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The normal range for cholesterol is less than 200 total cholesterol, with less than 150 levels of triglycerides, greater than 40 HDL levels and less than 130 LDL levels. Find out the difference between good cholesterol and bad cholesterol with information from a board-certified cardiologist in this free video on heart health.

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Hi, my name is Eric Frischhertz I'm a cardiologist in Austin Texas, with Capital Cardiovascular Specialists, and I'm here to answer the question, what is the normal range for cholesterol? The normal range is generally based on the higher limit of normal. Total cholesterol levels of over 200 are considered high. The cholesterol is also broken down into what is generally referred to, as good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Good cholesterol is high density lipoprotein, or HDL, and bad cholesterol is low density lipoprotein, which is LDL. There's also a component of the cholesterol called triglycerides, which are the fat level in the blood. The triglyceride level of less than 150, is considered normal. A HDL level of greater than 40, is considered normal, and an LDL level of less than 130, is considered normal. There is a range between 130 and 160 of LDL, which is considered borderline.


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