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Had my cholesterol checked. My total was 297,but my HDL was 216

I recently had my cholesterol checked. My total was 297, but my HDL was 216. Good or bad? I can t find anything on HDL that high. My family has a history of high cholesterol, and lives very long healthy lives.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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I can't say that an HDL of 216 is impossible, but I sure have never heard of it. The highest I've heard is around 100. In theory, such a high HDL means you have almost a 1:1 "clean-up" crew. HDL is like the maid service in your arteries...running around cleaning up after the sloppy tenants (your total Chol). That's why the higher the ratio of HDL to TChol, the easier it is for the "maids" to keep the rooms (your arteries) clean. That being said, I'd still talk to your doctor about it. Also there are other aspects of cholesterol that are assuming more and more importance in the study of heart risk. You don't mention what they are, so I can't really determine your risk. It's interesting though.
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