Hyperlipidemia Chart

Hyperlipidemia Chart

Optimal Level Near Optimal Level Borderline High Abnormal Level
LDL <100
LDL <70 for post MI
LDL 100-129 LDL 130-159 LDL160-189
Total Cholesterol <200 Total Cholesterol 130-159Total Cholesterol 240 or >
Triglycerides <150Triglycerides 150-199Triglycerides 200-499
> 500 Very high
HDL >60mg/dl
*want the HDL to be high

HDL <40mg/dl

Cholesterol: comes from diet, liver (where it is synthesized in body), and genetics

Factors for Hyperlipidemia:

  • High fat intake, obesity, Type 2 DM
  • Increased age, genetics
  • Hypothyroidism, obstructive liver disease
  • Drug induced: glucocorticoids, thiazides, diuretics, B-Blockers, protease inhibitors, sirolimus, cyclosporine, progestin, alcohol

LDL: high concentrations are associated with ↑risk of atherosclerotic disease.

Triglycerides: High concentrations are associated with ↑ risk of CAD

HDL: low concentrations are associated with coronary artery disease

TC = LDL + Trig/5 + HDL

Want the LDL LOW and HDL HIGH

All adults 20 years or older should be screened every 5 years or more often if family history of premature cardiovascular disease


  • High fat intake, Obesity, Type 2 DM, Advanced age, Hypothyroidism, Obstructive liver disease, genetics
  • DRUG INDUCED: glucocorticoids, THIAZIDES, DIURETICS, BETA BLOCKERS, protease inhibitors, sirolimus, cyclosporine, progestines, ALCOHOL