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Your Heart Health Numbers

Know your numbers and make sense of them with our easy-to-read chart

Cardiovascular Diseases

Now that you know your numbers, what do they mean? The chart below will help you make sense of these often-confusing, always-important digits. Get tips for lowering high blood pressure and high cholesterol

TestRangeWhat it Means
Total cholesterolLess than 200 mg/dLIdeal
Between 200 and 239Borderline high
240 and aboveHigh
LDL ("bad") cholesterol Below 100 mg/dLOptimal
Between 100 and 129Near optimal/above optimal
130-159Borderline high
190 and aboveVery high
HDL ("good") Cholesterol Less than 50 mg/dL for women; less than 40 for menLow; A major heart disease risk
50 to 60 for women; 40 to 50 for menAverage
60 mg/dL or moreIdeal. Helps lower your risk of heart disease
Triglycerides 149 or lowerNormal risk of coronary artery disease
150 to199Borderline high risk of coronary artery disease
200 to 499High risk of coronary artery disease
500 or aboveVery high risk of developing coronary artery disease
Blood pressure Less than 120/80 mm HgNormal blood pressure
Between 120/80 mm Hg and 139/89 mm HgPrehypertension,* with twice the risk of developing hypertension
140/90 mm Hg to 159/99 mm HgStage 1 hypertension
160/100 mm Hg or higherStage 2 hypertension

* Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure.

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