Cholesterol is also packaged in a high density
Lipoproteins (HDLs). HDLs carry cholesterol
back to the liver for processing or removal
from the body. HDLs, therefore, help remove
cholesterol from the blood, preventing the
accumulation of cholesterol in the walls of
the arteries. Thus they are often referred
to as "good cholesterol".
LDL and HDL levels provide information on
your risk of developing coronary heart disease.
A high LDL cholesterol level or a low HDL
cholesterol level puts you at increased risk.
LDL and HDL cholesterol levels more accurately
predict your risk for coronary heart disease
than a total cholesterol level alone.