There are several numbers you need to pay attention to while reading your cholesterol report. Your total cholesterol should fall below 200 mg/dL, the Mayo Clinic reports. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), known as “bad” cholesterol, increases your risk of heart disease by piling up in your arteries and creating stiff, hard arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis. “Good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) travels through your bloodstream, picks up excess LDL and transports it to the liver where it is broken down. Your LDL cholesterol should be below 100 mg/dL, while your HDL should be above 60 mg/dL. Often your triglycerides are a part of your cholesterol panel. Although triglycerides are not a type of cholesterol, they are a fat that can increase your risk of heart disease when you have too much in your blood. Ideally, your triglycerides should fall below 150 mg/dL.