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P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart

13 Good and Bad Cholesterol There are two main types of cholesterol: 1. LDL is often called bad cholesterol, because it lays down fatty deposits in the arteries that feed your heart and brain. Too much of it puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke. Eating foods that are high in saturated fats, such as high-fat meats, whole milk, cheese, and butter, can increase your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels. Trans-fats found in margarine, lard, and shortening, may also raise your LDL. 2. HDL is called good cholesterol, because it helps clean fat and “bad” cholesterol away from the arteries. Having a high HDL level lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke, and having a low level of HDL increases your risk. Being physically active can help raise your HDL. Measuring Blood Cholesterol Your healthcare provider can do a lipoprotein profile to measure your total cholesterol, HDL, and LDL levels. Starting at age 20, you should have this test at least every five years. Anyone with high cholesterol, diabetes, or certain other conditions should have it more often. Talk with your health care provider about how often you should have a lipoprotein profile. If your total cholesterol or LDL levels are too high, or if your HDL level is too low, your doctor may prescribe medicine to help bring your cholesterol to a healthier level. VIDEO Coronary Artery DIsease


P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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