LDL Cholesterol Goal Level Calculator

This risk assessment tool uses data from the Framingham Heart Study to estimate the 10-year risk of having a heart attack (myocardial infarction) or death resulting from coronary heart disease (CHD) in adults age 20 or older who do not already have heart disease or diabetes.

  Risk Factor       Points Relative Risk 
  Gender:   Male   Female    
Age:  years
Smoker: Yes   No
On medication for
high blood pressure:
Yes   No    
Blood Pressure: / mm Hg
Total Cholesterol:  mg/dl
HDL Cholesterol:  mg/dl
  Total Points:  
% risk
of heart disease in 10 years  
Average 10-year risk =
(for others in your age group)  
LDL Cholesterol Goal =

This calculation is recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III to help determine your goal LDL cholesterol level. Your LDL cholesterol goal is < 100 if you have established coronary heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, diabetes, or a calculated 10-year risk for CHD of > 20%.

The results you receive from this tool are for informational purposes only and should not be the basis of your medical decision making. Consult your physician to determine the medical implications of any tests you take.

Comments / Ratings

Very low ldl
Beant Jit Singh
10-20-15  10:09:32 AM


I did my lipid profile test few days back & got following results:

Total Cholestrol: 120



Triglycerides: 179

I am 33 years old with athletic body & normal body weight. I am worried about very low levels of LDL. Kindly advise the reasons for the same & means to bring it back to normal level .



The results you receive from this tool are for informational purposes only and should not be the basis of your medical decision making. Consult your physician to determine the medical implications of any tests you take.

This one is good
07-15-15  10:44:06 AM

This calculator - goal LDL - is fine - it correctly estimates the base risk of a 56-year old woman at 1%, but please double check your 10-year heart attack risk calculator on the other page. Over there your calculator seriously overestimates the risk (gives 7% for 7 points) putting the base risk of a 56-year old woman at 7% which is clearly wrong. Please correct the other calculator.

women vs men
03-16-15  2:57:55 PM

why do elderly women have less than half the risk of elderly men when the points and risks are the same? The media has told me that an elderly women's risk for heart disease is the same as a man.

06-08-14  7:48:56 PM

I would like help with prevention.


From MCW: Our physician directory can help you locate a health provider than can assist you with prevention.

Missing information
Larry Cleveland
11-13-13  10:52:29 PM

LDL-P and Homocysteine are better predictors of heart disease and heart attack. We need cholesterol and now that the new calculators are out, cholesterol will be suppressed even more and cholesterol is not the whole story to heart disease. Maybe you could make this more holistic.

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