Welcome to our guide on LDL levels, which will help you better understand what your LDL cholesterol test results mean. You will need your result to begin. If you don't know your LDL level, contact your doctor's office to find out. Then come back here!
LDL cholesterol is one of three fats that make up a total cholesterol count. The other two fats are HDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
LDL cholesterol is commonly known as the "bad" cholesterol. Of the different types of cholesterol tests, doctors primarily use the LDL cholesterol level to guide advice and therapy for people who have heart disease or have an increased risk of heart disease.
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Source: from Harvard Health Decision Guides, Harvard Health Publications, Copyright © August 2010 by President and Fellows of Harvard College. All rights reserved. Used with permission of StayWell.