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  1. High Cholesterol - Exams and Tests

    You will need a blood test to check whether you have high cholesterol. A total cholesterol test measures whether your cholesterol is high or low. You can have this test done at any time, even if you recently had a meal or snack.A lipoprotein analysis is a more thorough test. It measures your total cholesterol as well as your LDL, HDL, and triglyceride levels. It is called a fasting test because ..

  2. High Cholesterol - Medications

    Statins are the most effective and widely used medicines to treat high cholesterol. Evidence shows that statins can reduce the risk for heart attack, stroke, and death.7 Other medicines also lower cholesterol, and some may be used to lower triglycerides or raise HDL.Some people can try diet and exercise for at least 3 months before medicines are started. However, people who have coronary artery ..

  3. When to Have a Cholesterol Test - Topic Overview

    Doctors use different guidelines to decide when a person should have a cholesterol test. Your doctor might suggest a test based on your age or your risk factors for heart disease. Talk to your doctor about when a cholesterol test is right for you.When should adults get tested?Some health organizations recommend that everyone older than 20 be checked for high cholesterol.1Other organizations recommend cholesterol tests based on age and risk factors for heart disease. For example, a test might be recommended for all teens and young adults ages 17 to 21 years. Or a test might be recommended for any adult who has strong risk factors for heart disease.The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends cholesterol tests for:2Men ages 35 and older.Men ages 20 to 35 who have risk factors for heart disease.Women ages 20 and older who have risk factors for heart disease.How often should adults get tested?How often you should get a cholesterol test depends on your cholesterol level, your other

  4. High Cholesterol - Treatment Overview

    The goal in treating high cholesterol is to reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.Most people need to adjust their lifestyles to eat less saturated fat, be more active, and lose weight if needed. Others also need to take one or more medicines.No matter what approach you need, your treatment will focus on lowering your "bad" LDL cholesterol. You may also need to raise your "good" .

  5. High Cholesterol: Using the TLC Diet

    Diet changes are usually the first step in lowering high cholesterol before medicines are added. Many people whose cholesterol is high because they eat too many fatty foods are able to lower their cholesterol with diet changes alone. What is the TLC diet? Why is the TLC diet a good idea? How do you follow the TLC diet? Where to go from here High Cholesterol ...

  6. High Cholesterol: Making Lifestyle Changes

    Not all cholesterol is bad. HDL is called "good cholesterol" because it helps keep "bad" LDL cholesterol from building up in your arteries. High levels of HDL (60 or above) can help protect you from heart attack and stroke. You can raise your HDL levels by: Eating a balanced diet. Getting active. Losing weight. Quitting smoking. Taking certain medicines. What is HDL? Why should you raise ...

  7. Topic Overview

    What is high cholesterol?Cholesterol is a type of fat. Your body needs it for many things, such as making new cells. But too much cholesterol in your blood increases your chances of having a heart attack and stroke. You get cholesterol from the foods you eat and from your liver. Your liver makes most of the cholesterol your body needs.Desirable cholesterol is less than 200 milligrams per ...

  8. High Triglycerides - Treatment Overview

    Reducing weight, limiting fat and sugars in your diet, cutting down on alcohol, and increasing activity may lower triglycerides. Medicines may be used if you have risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD). In this case, your doctor may first want to lower your LDL ("bad") cholesterol level and raise your HDL ("good") cholesterol level before adding medicine to lower your triglycerides. ...

  9. Nicotinic Acid (Niacin) for High Cholesterol

    Drug details for Nicotinic acid for high cholesterol.

  10. Tony's Story: Taking Medicine for High Cholesterol - Tony's story

    Tony has done well with getting his cholesterol under control. And he's had a notable failure. But as Tony tells it,"I've learned as much from the failure as I have from the success. Maybe more." About 2 years ago,Tony's doctor told him that he had a high risk for heart attack and that his cholesterol was high. This meant that Tony,at the age of 55,had to start cholesterol medicine right ...

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Congratulations! Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal.

Congratulations! Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is borderline high. If your LDL goes higher, your total cholesterol level could become Borderline High. Consider reducing the amount of foods you eat with saturated fats and increasing physical activity. If you get more exercise, your level of "good" HDL cholesterol may increase, which could also help to keep your levels of LDL and total cholesterol in check.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High. This may mean that your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, is too low. It is best to have a high level of "good" HDL and a low level of "bad" LDL. The HDL helps keep your LDL level in check. Ask your doctor for your HDL level. If your HDL is low, increasing your physical activity can increase it, which may help reduce your LDL level.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. This may mean that your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, is too low. It is best to have a high level of "good" HDL and a low level of "bad" LDL because the HDL helps keep your LDL level in check. Ask your doctor for your HDL level. If your HDL is low, increasing your physical activity can increase it, which may help reduce your LDL level.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High, but fortunately your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have other non-measured increases in LDL-like particles that can increase heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High, but fortunately your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have other non-measured increases in LDL-like particles that can increase heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Borderline High, too. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. But your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol is High, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have elevated secondary lipids, such as non-HDL particles that increase the risk of heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol is High, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have elevated secondary lipids, such as non-HDL particles that increase the risk of heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Borderline High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High, too. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels! If you are struggling to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe medication, such as statins. Following medication, dietary, and exercise instructions should result in improvements.

Your total cholesterol level is High, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels! If you are struggling to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe statins or other cholesterol-lowering medications.

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