Charts outlining general cholesterol guidelines are available online through the American Heart Association. Health care providers may also be able to provide this material to patients. Although these tables are a useful reference, it is important to always discuss personal results with a qualified doctor or medical professional.
Keeping cholesterol at a healthy level is important for preventing heart disease, heart attack and stroke, explains the American Heart Association. Desirable cholesterol levels, measured in milligrams per deciliter, are those with total cholesterol less than 200; low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol less than 100; high-density lipoprotein, or HD, cholesterol greater than 60; and triglyceride levels less than 150.