This is a condition in which you have too much of a certain type of cholesterol circulating in your blood.
Cholesterol is a fat (also known as a lipid) that is found in the blood. Blood work to measure your cholesterol usually reports:
When people have too much LDL cholesterol in their blood, it can increase the risk that blood vessels may narrow. This narrowing may cause problems with the blood flow to various organs and tissues in the body.
Recently, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association developed new guidelines for the management of high cholesterol. Medications commonly called “statins” remain the primary medication to treat high cholesterol. Lifestyle interventions are still strongly recommended throughout treatment. Lifestyle interventions include:
Your LDL cholesterol remains a key measurement that may help guide treatment, as does the calculation of one's risk for developing cardiovascular disease. However, there is no longer a LDL cholesterol target (high or low) once treatment has started. In the new guidelines, HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels are no longer used as a measurement for beginning medication or as a goal once treatment has started.
Though most of your cholesterol is made in your body, your cholesterol level can also be affected by your diet.
Be an active participant in your healthcare by having preventive care visits with your healthcare provider.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
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