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|