Heart Disease Risk Factor Infographic: High Cholesterol
When there is too much cholesterol—a fatlike substance—in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries and increases your risk of developing heart disease. Know your total cholesterol, your LDL (bad) cholesterol, and your HDL (good) cholesterol, and triglycerides. Make an appointment to get tested.
High cholesterol by age
Nearly 1 in every 2 American women has high or borderline high cholesterol.
Total cholesterol numbers:
High: 240 mg/dL and above
Borderline high: 200-239 md/dL
Desirable: Less than 200 mg/dL
Last Updated: September 6, 2012