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What may affect my LDL cholesterol goal?

There are several major risk factors that affect your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol goal and will be considered when recommending a treatment plan. These are:
  • diabetes
  • kidney disease
  • coronary heart disease
  • peripheral vascular disease
  • presence of vascular disease
  • age (in general, the older you are, the more likely your healthcare professional will decide drug therapy is appropriate if your LDL cholesterol level is too high; for women, 55 is often the threshold age)
  • smoking (or daily exposure to secondhand smoke)
  • high blood pressure. The goal is less than 120/80 mm Hg for the general population, less than 140/90 mm Hg for people who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and less than 130/80 mm Hg in people with kidney disease or diabetes.
  • low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (below 50 mg/dL for women)
  • family history of premature heart disease (heart disease in father or brother before age 55; heart disease in mother or sister before age 65)

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