Also known as "bad" cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol, (LDL cholesterol) is an indicator of risk for heart attack or stroke. LDL is a carrier of cholesterol in the blood.
High levels of LDL cholesterol combine with other substances to form the waxy plaque deposits that can eventually clog arteries leading to the heart and brain, depriving them of oxygen.This could then lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Therefore, an optimal reading of LDL cholesterol is less than 2.0mmol/L.
Also known as "good" cholesterol, high density lipoprotein cholesterol, (HDL cholesterol) is an indicator of risk for heart attack or stroke.
HDL carries cholesterol out of the blood stream to the liver preventing cholesterol and plaque build-up in the arteries.
An HDL measure of 1.0mmol/L and above is considered healthy.