Your Heart Health Numbers

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

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 239 Borderline high
240 and above High
LDL ("bad") cholesterol Below 100 mg/dLOptimal
Between 100 and 129 Near optimal/above optimal
130-159 Borderline high
160-189 High
190 and above Very 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 men Average
60 mg/dL or more Ideal. Helps lower your risk of heart disease
Triglycerides 149 or lowerNormal risk of coronary artery disease
150 to199 Borderline high risk of coronary artery disease
200 to 499 High risk of coronary artery disease
500 or above Very 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 Hg Prehypertension,* with twice the risk of developing hypertension
140/90 mm Hg to 159/99 mm Hg Stage 1 hypertension
160/100 mm Hg or higher Stage 2 hypertension

* Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure.

ADVERTISEMENT

How the Coronavirus Spreads Through the Air: 5 Essential Reads

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given confusing guidance on how COVID-19 spreads through airborne particles; here are the facts.

Science and Technology

Pregnancy During a Pandemic: the Stress of COVID-19 on Pregnant Women and New Mothers Is Showing

The pandemic has dramatically changed the pregnancy experience and the U.S. may have 500,000 fewer births as a result.

Pregnancy & Postpartum