HDL test

  • Alternative Names

    High-density lipoprotein test

    Normal Values

    In general, your risk for heart disease, including a heart attack, increases if your HDL cholesterol level is less than 40 mg/dL.

    An HDL 60 mg/dL or above helps protect against heart disease.

    Women tend to have higher HDL cholesterol than men.

    Note: Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.

    What abnormal results mean

    Low HDL levels may be a sign that you have an increased risk for atherosclerotic heart disease.

    A low HDL level may also be associated with:

    • Familial combined hyperlipidemia
    • Noninsulin-dependent diabetes (NIDD)
    • Use of certain drugs such as anabolic steroids, antipsychotics, beta blockers, corticosteroids, and protease inhibitors