281 Total Cholesterol

A total cholesterol level of 281 is typically very concerning.

A 40 year old male with 281 Total Cholesterol is in the 98th percentile for total cholesterol. LDL, HDL, and Triglycerides below are calculated by applying the 98th percentile in accordance with Reference Values by Lipid Tools.


LDL Cholesterol


HDL Cholesterol




Total Cholesterol

Is my 281 total cholesterol bad?

The Reference Values by Lipid Tools classifies 281 total cholesterol in the 98th percentile age and sex, meaning that is is worse than 98% of 40 year old males.

The Cleveland Clinic classifies a total cholesterol of 281 as high for 40 year old males.

Age: 40  •  male

Does 281 total cholesterol mean I have cardiovascular risk?

There is a 3.93% risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack or stroke within 10 years, according to the ASCVD Risk Calculator from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.

Age: 40  •  male  •  Non-diabetic  •  Non-smoker  •  120 Systolic Blood Pressure

Should I take statins for 281 total cholesterol?

You need to discuss high-intensity statins and lipid lowering therapies with your doctor according to the American College of Cardiology.

Age: 40  •  male  •  Non-diabetic  •  Non-smoker  •  120 Systolic Blood Pressure

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