A printable cholesterol chart is available at no charge on the website of Hamilton Cardiology Associates. High cholesterol can lead to heart disease without presenting any notable symptoms, so it is important to have cholesterol levels checked by a doctor.
Cholesterol is moved through the body by compounds made of fat and protein called lipoproteins, according to the American Heart Association. The two kinds of lipoproteins that doctors measure are called low-density lipoprotein and high-density lipoprotein, or LDL and HDL. LDL is often called bad cholesterol because it can cause clogged arteries, and HDL is called good cholesterol because it helps remove LDL and prevent blockages. This is why, when measuring cholesterol levels, it is important to examine the ratio of LDL to HDL.