When it comes to your heart and cholesterol, here’s how to know what’s good and what’s bad.
One major risk factor for heart disease is high cholesterol. But there are different types of cholesterol and not all of them are bad. Here’s how to determine what’s good and what’s bad – and what you can do to keep your heart healthier and prevent atherosclerosis, a condition in which fatty deposits build up on the walls of your arteries. This can lead to heart attack or stroke.
“High cholesterol is one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease including heart attacks and strokes. In general, there are no signs or symptoms of high cholesterol until you have a heart attack or stroke. However, it can easily be picked up on basic blood work and treated effectively with proper lifestyle modifications and medications. This is why it is so important for patients to follow up with their doctor even if they are feeling well.”
Answer true or false to each statement to find out how much you know about cholesterol.
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Date Last Reviewed: July 30, 2019
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor
Medical Review: Perry Pitkow, MD