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Health Question

If my cholesterol is less than 200mg/dl, should I worry about heart disease?

Answer From Expert

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Even though you have low total cholesterol levels you can still be at an increased risk for heart disease, especially if you have a family history of vascular disease that begins at an early age.

Your risk also increases if you have metabolic syndrome, which is defined by having three or more of the following:

  • abdominal obesity, meaning your waist is more than 40 inches for men or 34 inches for women
  • blood pressure over 130/85
  • triglycerides over 150
  • HDL less than 50 in a woman or less than 40 in a man
  • high blood sugar levels

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