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High cholesterol means that you have too much cholesterol in your blood. Cholesterol is a type of fat. It's needed for many body functions, such as making new cells. Cholesterol is made by your body. It also comes from food you eat.
Having high cholesterol can lead to the buildup of plaque in artery walls. This can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.
When your doctor talks about high cholesterol levels, your doctor is talking about your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) levels. Your doctor may also speak about HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels. High HDL is linked with a lower risk for coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Your cholesterol levels help your doctor find out your risk for having a heart attack or stroke.
A heart-healthy lifestyle can help you prevent high cholesterol. This lifestyle helps lower your risk for a heart attack and stroke.
The goal of treatment is to reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. The goal is not to lower your cholesterol numbers only.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Adaptation Date: 8/18/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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