High cholesterol

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Let’s take a minute to talk about high cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance in the body. There is good cholesterol, and bad cholesterol. Your body needs cholesterol to work properly. But, too much bad cholesterol, or not enough good cholesterol, can clog your blood vessels over time. This can cause heart disease, heart attack, stroke and other serious health problems.

High cholesterol does not have any symptoms, so you may feel fine. But, inside of your body, bad cholesterol can buildup in blood vessels called “arteries”. The buildup is called “plaque”. Over time, the plaques grow. They make the arteries narrow, hard and clogged. This limits the amount of blood and oxygen that can flow through the arteries, which can damage organs like the heart and brain.

Cholesterol levels can depend on the genes that you inherit. But, there are lifestyle choices that you can make to improve your cholesterol. You can eat healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables, and eat fewer saturated fats. You can also try to stay active every day, maintain a healthy weight, and avoid smoking.

Still, many patients need additional help to manage their cholesterol. The good news is that medicines are available to help. Your doctor will work with you to decide if one or more medicines are right for you.

For best results with cholesterol medicine, you should take it exactly as directed. Also, you should continue to eat healthy and stay active. Over time, this can help lower your cholesterol, and may decrease your risk of serious health problems.

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