This test measure the amount of bad and good cholesterol in the blood. Eating healthy and exercising can reduce your risk for heart disease.
Total cholesterol Overview
Total cholesterol is a measure of the total amount of cholesterol in your blood, including low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Cholesterol is made in the liver and is a type of fat found in your blood.
Total cholesterol is measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
Total cholesterol ranges are the following:
- Total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL is desirable
- Total cholesterol of 200 to 239 mg/dL is considered borderline high
- Total cholesterol of 240 mg/dL and above is considered high
Fasting 12 hours is required before the test.
Water is permitted.
What the results mean
Total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL is desirable and puts you at lower risk for coronary heart disease. A cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL or higher raises your risk.
Total cholesterol of 240 mg/dL and above is considered high. A person with this level has more than twice the risk of coronary heart disease as someone whose cholesterol is below 200 mg/dL.