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    What is a healthy cholesterol level?

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    Dr George Touma

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr George Touma is an Australian trained Cardiologist with dual training in medicine and pharmacy. He has undergone sub-specialised training in interventional cardiology, with a … View Profile

    This is a very good question which makes it difficult to answer in a paragraph. 

    Firstly a normal cholesterol level depends on other "risk factors" the patient has. 

    We aim for much lower than normal cholesterol levels as being acceptable if a patient has the following 

    1. A history of coronary artery disease 

    2. Type 2 diabetes

    3. Smoking 

    4. Coronary disease in first degree relatives before the age of 55

    5. Elevated weight or obesity 

    If you have multiple risk factors, an LDL cholesterol of less than 2.0 is often the target. 

    With regard to cardiovascular risk, the LDL or "bad" cholesterol is the most important parameter.

    Not all patients with an elevated LDL cholesterol require treatment. A cardiologist with experience in lipidology can help determine if your elevated LDL cholesterol requires treatment to optimise your risk. 

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