Women at the age of 50 should aim for a total blood cholesterol level of below 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood. More importantly, they should aim for an LDL cholesterol level of below 70 mg per dL, especially if they are considered at very high risk of heart disease.
Knowing an individual's LDL target is important because a high LDL cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. People who have had previous heart attacks or stroke, artery blockages and diabetes are considered at very high risk of heart disease. In addition, women who have two or more of these risk factors, including if they are older than 55, smoking, have high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, elevated lipoprotein and a family history of heart disease, are considered at high risk of heart disease.