You received your blood test result with a Cholesterol value of 172 mg/dL. This analysis helps you to check if your Cholesterol value is within normal range.
Your Cholesterol value of 172 mg/dL is normal. A good Cholesterol is usually between 120 and 200 mg/dL.
While total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglyceride readings are individually important, recent findings indicate that a patient's non-HDL cholesterol reading may provide important information about a patient's cardiovascular health. The non-HDL cholesterol value is calculated by substracting the HDL reading from the total cholesterol reading. This value is sometimes included in cholesterol blood test results. Keeping cholesterol levels within a normal range is a vital step to maintain cardiovascular health. Maintaining normal cholesterol levels reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Cholesterol blood test results typically consist of low-density lipoproteins (LDLs), high-density lipoproteins (HDLs), triglycerides and a total cholesterol reading. In high amounts, LDLs and triglycerides can contribute to cardiovascular disease. HDLs, commonly referred to as "good cholesterol, circulate through the bloodstream to keep arteries clean.
Previously, doctors have followed specific recommendations for cholesterol values for all patients. Today, doctors recommend regular blood tests to assess cholesterol and work with each patient to bring cholesterol levels to an appropriate range based on the patient's unique risk factors.