Cholesterol is a red herring -- as long as your HDL and Trig/HDL are good, you can ignore the rest of the tests unless you got a VAP/GGE/NMR which also shows you what kind of LDL you have, in which case you want pattern A. High total cholesterol has no correlation with heart (or any other) disease, either positive or negative so don't worry about it. Remember that our bodies store saturated fat, and have been doing so for hundreds of thousands of years. We've been eating the same fat from animals for the same amount of time. In fact due to our warm-blooded nature saturated fat is the best form for us to use -- unsaturated fats are more prone to rancidity, especially in the presence of heat and oxygen.
If you really want to test for a marker that is indicative of health, test for CRP and/or homocysteine -- these are markers for inflammation in the body, which is the real cause of atherosclerosis.
EDIT: The problem with the cholesterol test is that we don't really know what it means. Some doctors long ago "determined" that people with a certain lipid profile tended to have more heart disease and strokes, but they ignored practically everything else, including lifestyle choices and diet. Plus, the data wasn't complete (or possibly even cherry-picked): Okinawans have very high levels of cholesterol and yet low levels of mortality. In fact, it's increasingly low cholesterol that is being associated with increased risks.