You received your blood test result with a Cholesterol value of 242 mg/dL. This analysis helps you to check if your Cholesterol value is within normal range.
Your Cholesterol value of 242 mg/dL is too high. A good Cholesterol is usually between 120 and 200 mg/dL.
Lower your Cholesterol by 42 mg/dL to be within normal range.
High cholesterol levels put patients at risk for coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke. Common causes of high cholesterol are similar to the causes of low HDL values and include:
- Diet high in saturated fat
- Large waist circumference
- Lack of physical activity
Treatment & Medication
High cholesterol levels are commonly treated by:
- Increasing physical activity
- Decreasing saturated fat intake
- Stopping smoking
- Prescription medications to address high LDLs and/or triglycerides
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.