HDL cholesterol

A test that measures high-density lipoproteins (HDL): the "good" cholesterol. HDLs carry cholesterol in the blood from other parts of the body back to the liver, which leads to its removal from the body.

HDL cholesterol level HDL cholesterol category
Less than 40 mg/dL A major risk factor for heart disease
40 - 59 mg/dL The higher, the better
60 mg/dL and above Considered protective against heart disease