Harvard Heart Letter

Targets for LDL (bad) cholesterol

The latest guidelines on cholesterol, from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's National Cholesterol Education Program, recommends these LDL targets: Aim for 70 mg/dL or lower if this describes you: You have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease — meaning you have narrowed or partially blocked arteries in your heart, neck, legs, or elsewhere; or have chest pain (angina); or had a heart attack, stroke, or mini-stroke in the past; or have undergone bypass surgery or angioplasty — and one or more of the following also applies to you:
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