CHOLESTEROL RISK CHART

The lipid chart below is based on research from the Framingham Heart Study as described by such heart specialists as Dr. William Castelli, Dr. Glen Griffith, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. John McDougall. The chart accurately measures the relationship between your total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, accompanying total cholesterol/HDL ratio and triglycerides.  Total Cholesterol numbers run across the top of the chart, while HDL levels are along the sides.  Simply match your total cholesterol with your HDL level, factor in triglycerides, and you will have a very good indication of the extent of your risk of cardiovascular disease.  (NOTE:  Although lipid levels are very good indicators of risk of cardiovascular disease, there are many other major and minor risk factors. 

NOTE:  Do charts that evaluate total cholesterol and HDL levels separately work?  No!  And they can be very dangerously misleading.  This is due to the inter-related effects of the various components of cholesterol. As is evident in the chart below, if your cholesterol level is below 150 your risk of developing cardiovascular disease is almost non-existent no matter what your HDL levels are.  This reflects the findings of the world-renowned Framingham Heart Study, whose medical director Dr. William Castelli noted: "People with total cholesterol levels under 150 just don't get heart disease."  In his famed Framingham Heart Study, those who had a cholesterol level lower than 160 mg/dl suffered no heart attacks no matter what their HDL, LDL or triglyceride levels were. These findings are reflected accurately in the chart below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cholesterol Risk Chart

 

HDL is in the Left Column. Total Cholesterol is across the Top Row. Match the Two.

 

 

<150

151-160

161-170

171-180

181-190

191-200

201-210

211-220

221-230

<21

Low

Average

High

High

High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

21-30

Very Low

Very Low

Low

Average

High

High

High

Very High

Very High

31-35

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Low

Average

Average

High

HIgh

High

36-40

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Low

Low

Average

Average

High

High

41-45

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Low

Average

Average

Average

High

46-50

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Low

Low

Average

Average

Average

51-55

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Low

Low

Average

Average

56-60

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Low

Low

Low

Average

61-65

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Low

Low

Low

66-70

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Low

Low

Low

71-75

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Low

Low

76-80

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

81-90

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

91-100

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

101-110

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

>110

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

 

 

231-240

241-250

251-260

261-270

271-280

281-290

291-300

>300

<21

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

21-30

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

31-35

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

36-40

High

High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

41-45

High

High

High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

46-50

High

High

High

High

Very High

Very High

Very High

Very High

51-55

Average

High

High

High

High

Very High

Very High

Very High

56-60

Average

Average

High

High

High

High

Very High

Very High

61-65

Average

Average

Average

High

High

High

Very High

Very High

66-70

Low

Average

Average

Average

High

High

High

Very High

71-75

Low

Low

Average

Average

Average

High

High

Very High

76-80

Low

Low

Low

Average

Average

High

High

Very High

81-90

Very Low

Low

Low

Low

Average

Average

High

High

91-100

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Low

Low

Average

High

101-110

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Low

Average

>110

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Very Low

Average

To factor in triglyceride, move to the right of the chart the designated number of columns

 

<250            0 columns

251-350        1 column

351-500        2 columns

501-700        3 columns

701-1000      4 columns

1001-1250    5 columns

1251-1500    6 columns

1501-2000    7 columns

>2000           9 columns


 

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