Important Note: The presence of any cardiovascular disease risk factor, including a family history of cardiovascular disease, requires appropriate attention because a single risk factor may mean that you have a high risk for developing cardiovascular disease in the long run, even if the 10-year risk does not appear to be high.
Total Cholesterol - Total cholesterol is the sum of all the cholesterol in your blood. The higher your total cholesterol, the greater your risk for heart disease. Here are the total values that matter to you:
Ideal: less than 5.2 mmol/L
Borderline High: 5.2 to 6.2 mmol/L
High: 6.2 mmol/L or more
HDL Cholesterol "Good" Cholesterol" - High density lipoproteins (HDL) is the 'good' cholesterol. HDL carry cholesterol in the blood from other parts of the body back to the liver, which leads to its removal from the body. So HDL help keep cholesterol from building up in the walls of the arteries. Here are the HDL-Cholesterol Levels that matter to you:
Desired: more than 0.9 mmol/L
An HDL of 1.5 mmol/L and above is considered protective against heart disease.