Cholesterol is a type of fat in your blood. It is needed for many body functions, such as making new cells.
Cholesterol is made by your body. It also comes from food you eat.
There are different types of cholesterol.
One type is LDL. This is the "bad" type. It builds up inside the blood vessel walls and makes them too narrow. This reduces the flow of blood and can cause a heart attack or stroke.
Another type is HDL. This is the "good" type. It helps clear bad cholesterol from the body.
You want your HDL cholesterol to be high and your LDL cholesterol to be low. If you do this, you can reduce your chances of a heart attack or a stroke.
High cholesterol has no symptoms. You may first find out that you have it when you are diagnosed with a problem caused by high cholesterol, such as a heart problem.
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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Current as of: April 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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