On call: Goals for cholesterol

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Goals for cholesterol

Q. I am 57 years old, and as far as I know, my health is excellent. At my last check-up, my doctor said that I was in perfect health except that my cholesterol was too high. Please tell me what you think of these results: cholesterol 243, LDL cholesterol 162, HDL cholesterol 68, and triglycerides 86. Everything else was "normal."

A. Congratulations on being healthy "" and on getting regular check-ups. Congratulations, too, on being a thoughtful patient who takes an interest in the fine print of your results.

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