High Cholesterol

What is high cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in the body. When there is too much cholesterol it can collect in your arteries and lead to a narrowing and hardening of arteries. This can result in heart disease, high blood pressure, and ultimately a heart attack or stroke. For more information, click here.

What causes high cholesterol?
Your body makes about 75% of cholesterol; while the other 25% comes from your diet. The cholesterol levels in your blood are determined by your family history, age, sex, and diet. For more information, click here.

How do I know if I have high cholesterol?

There are typically no symptoms of high cholesterol. Therefore, the only way you will know if your cholesterol is high is if you get a simple blood test called a "lipid profile". For more information, click. here.

What does high cholesterol do to my body?

High cholesterol may ultimately lead to a heart attack, stroke or death. For more information, click here.

What can I do to prevent high cholesterol?

Many people could prevent high cholesterol by following a healthy diet, maintaining a normal body weight, and performing regular exercise. For more information, click here.

How can I treat high cholesterol?

Several prescription medications are available to treat high cholesterol. However, the "statins" are commonly considered the drugs of choice. Examples include ZocorŪ, PravacholŪ and LipitorŪ. For more information, click here.

Is there anything I can take for my cholesterol that is available OTC?
Yes, there are several OTC treatment options. However, these treatments cannot replace the highly effective statins. For more information, click here.

What else places me at risk for heart disease?
High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease; however, many other risk factors exist. Do you have other risk factors for heart disease? For more information, click here.

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