I've read that in the 70's, the healthy level was 280 (I can't verify that, I just remember reading it somewhere) and there was a lot less heart disease then than there is now. My mom recently had bloodwork done and her total was around 200, and her doc told her that that was too high, and that it should be under 170. It seems like they just keep lowering the standards, but heart disease rates continue to rise. So, I wouldn't put too much faith in those standards. As long as your ratios are good, you're probably perfectly fine.