Cardiovascular Health

Health Trends™ Report: Heart Health

The Heart Health Report is the first analysis to encompass such a large sample (nearly 80 million) of LDL cholesterol test results. It provides the most up to date information available on national LDL cholesterol trends.


  • According to the Heart Health Report, average LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels decreased approximately 10 percent, among Americans who have seen a physician, from 2001 to 2004. LDL, or “bad cholesterol”, is a significant risk factor for heart disease.
  • The Heart Health Report also showed that women’s LDL cholesterol levels are not decreasing as much as men’s.

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Heart Health Graphs

Mean LDL Cholesterol by Gender

Mean LDL cholesterol levels consistently showed a somewhat steeper decline in men than women from 2001-2004.

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