How Is Hypercholesterolemia Diagnosed

How Is Hypercholesterolemia Diagnosed?

Testing blood cholesterol levels is the best way to detect hypercholesterolemia. Hypercholesterolemia is defined as when total cholesterol is more than 200 mg/dl and HDL is less than 40 mg/dl in the blood. Additional blood tests may be needed if hypercholesterolemia is diagnosed to avoid the potential risk of heart attack and stroke. Some reference values are shown here:

Total cholesterol levels in the blood

• Normal. Below 200 mg/dl

• Too high. Greater than 200 mg/dl LDL levels in the blood

• Normal. 100 to 129 mg/dl

• Too high. 160 to 189 mg/dl HDL levels in the blood

• Normal. 40 to 59 mg/dl

• Too low. Less than 40 mg/dl Triglyceride levels in the blood

• Normal. Less than 150 mg/dl

• Too high. Greater than 200 mg/dl

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