Have you had your cholesterol levels checked lately? High cholesterol is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Cardiovascular disease kills more men and women each year than any other illness.
High blood cholesterol has no warning signs or symptoms. Since people diagnosed with high cholesterol often feel fine, they may not take their condition seriously.
Have your cholesterol levels checked regularly. If your level is high, there are a lot of steps you can take to lower it.
- I. Let's Get Started
- Step 1: The dangers of high cholesterol
- Step 2: Types of cholesterol
- Step 3: What causes high cholesterol?
- II. Diagnosing High Cholesterol
- Step 4: Symptoms of high cholesterol
- Step 5: Cholesterol screening and testing
- III. Managing Your Cholesterol Level
- Step 6: Maintain healthy habits
- Step 7: Cholesterol-lowering drugs
- Step 8: You and your doctor are a team
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Reviewed By: Glenn Gandelman, MD, MPH, FACC Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College; Private Practice specializing in Cardiovascular Disease in Greenwich, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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