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Heart Disease Risk Factor Infographic: High Cholesterol

Heart Disease Risk Factor Infographic: High Cholesterol.  National Center For Health Statistics. [2009-2012]. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. National Center for Health Statistics. (2007-2010). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
 National Center for Health Statistics. (2005-2008). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.	National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Cholesterol Education Program (2002). Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III) final report.

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 (Greater than or equal to 200 mg/dL)
20s: 21%
30s: 29%
40s: 46%
50s: 59%

Nearly 1 in every 2 American women has high or borderline high cholesterol.

Total cholesterol numbers:
Note: Cholesterol is measured in miligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
High: 240 mg/dL and above
Borderline high: 200-239 md/dL
Desirable: Less than 200 mg/dL


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Last Updated: January 2017

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