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More commonly referred to as “bad cholesterol,” LDL-C stands for “low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.” Over time, high levels of LDL-C can lead to a buildup of plaque in your arteries that restricts blood flow.
If left unchecked, this may lead to serious cardiovascular events－like heart attack or stroke. Despite its dangers, there are no symptoms of high LDL-C. Testing your cholesterol levels is the only way of knowing your levels.
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There are many factors that can put you at risk of serious cardiovascular events. Some risk factors can be controlled, while others cannot. Knowing your LDL-C (bad cholesterol) level can help you understand your risk.
Only a blood test can show if your LDL-C is high or within a recommended level. Everyone's recommended level is different based on their medical history and certain risk factors. If you have cardiovascular disease, the most recent guidelines for cholesterol management suggest that lower LDL-C is better. Be sure to talk to your doctor to learn more.
Here are some factors that can impact your heart health:
Risk factors you cannot control:
Risk factors you can control:
LDL- C (bad cholesterol) is one of the most important factors you can control.
Understanding what your risk factors are and knowing your LDL-C level can help you take steps to better manage your health.
Get tested. Then talk to your doctor about what your recommended level should be, and how to get there.
Cholesterol plays a big role on your health. Making lifestyle changes like diet and exercise are usually the first steps to lowering it. If that’s not enough, patients may take statins, an oral medication that interferes with the production of cholesterol in the liver.
However, some people have persistently high LDL-C levels, despite making lifestyle changes and taking a statin. In those cases, there are some prescription medications that can be used in addition to statins to help lower LDL-C even further. Talk to your doctor about whether these medications may be right for you.
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