Heart Failure

Lowering Your Risk

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To help reduce your risk for heart failure, you should keep your cholesterol levels healthy. 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.