Saturday, May 23, 2015

HDL Test Results

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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


Review Date: 05/23/2010
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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