Heart Failure

Frequently Asked Questions

7. What are healthy cholesterol levels?

Keeping your cholesterol levels healthy can help prevent coronary artery disease. Your goal for LDL, or "bad," cholesterol depends on how many other risk factors you have.

Here are recommended LDL cholesterol goals.

  • If you don't have coronary heart disease or diabetes and have one or no risk factors, your LDL goal is less than 160 mg/dL.
  • If you don't have coronary heart disease or diabetes and have two or more risk factors, your LDL goal is less than 130 mg/dL.
  • If you do have coronary heart disease or diabetes, your LDL goal is less than 100 mg/dL.

The goal for HDL, or "good," cholesterol is above 40 in men and above 50 in women.

The goal for triglycerides, another fat in the blood, is below 150.