What Is Total Cholesterol?


Asked by Carol E Rupp

What Is Total Cholesterol?

What is Total Cholesterol? Does it include the sum of HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides?


Total cholesterol is a sum of the HDL, LDL and VLDL (very low density lipoprotein).   It does not consider triglycerides. According to experts at Heart.org, a Total Cholesterol level of 180 mg/dL is considered healthy. Your HDL levels should be high, since low levels of HDL have been linked to increased heart attack risk. People who have high levels of HDL also tend to have lower levels of LDL cholesterol, whichi s a good thing for heart risks. Here is a great link that discusses all of the numbers and how they relate to one another.

Making sense of cholesterol ratios

And here are some other links you might find useful:

Heart Disease Symptoms, Treatments, and Drug Information

Stress and Heart Disease: How to Lower Levels to Reduce Your Risk

Five Easy Ways to Help Your Heart