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Ideal Cholesterol Ratio

The ideal cholesterol ratio is about 3.5:1. So AHA recommends that we should keep our cholesterol ratio at or below 5:1. You can talk to your doctor about the best numbers for you.

If you know your cholesterol numbers or levels, you can work with your doctor to find your ideal cholesterol ratio. You can work together to identify the proper treatments for you. Like making simple lifestyle changes on what you eat, how often you need to exercise or even taking cholesterol supplements or medicines like statins, if necessary, so you can reach your ideal ratio.

Lowering your LDL and increasing the level of your HDL, reduces your risk of having cardiovascular disease. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the good cholesterol. HDL benefits lies in the fact that it carries LDL (Bad) Cholesterol back to the liver which cleanses cholesterol from the bloodstream.

Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) is the bad cholesterol. The higher LDL, the greater the risks of heart attack. The excess cholesterol can build up and stick to the walls of your arteries when level of LDL is high. This causes plaque; plaque formation can cause atherosclerosis which is the hardening of the arteries. When the plaque becomes wobbly, a blood clot can form, suddenly blocking an artery. That can cause a heart attack.

The Total Cholesterol

When your cholesterol is tested, you get a number for total cholesterol, HDL number, and the LDL number. The total cholesterol will be more than the sum of the LDL and HDL numbers. The acceptable HDL cholesterol level is at least 40mg/dL. Optimal HDL cholesterol are higher than 60. An optimal LDL cholesterol level is under 100 mg/dL. If it’s high because of the HDL number, your health is not necessarily in danger. However, if it’s high because your LDL cholesterol number, it’s important to talk with your doctor about your health risks.

Dangerous Levels

High cholesterol level can be a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Blockages that prevent sufficient blood flow in the coronary arteries can lead to a form of chest pain called angina. Angina is a common symptom of coronary artery disease. If you have high cholesterol, your doctor will want to know your LDL and HDL levels before deciding whether you need treatment and what sort of treatment you need.