What is Cholesterol?
Most frequent questions and answers
No. High cholesterol is one of the major causes, but there are others. The more risk factors you have, the greater you are at risk of developing coronary heart disease. Some of the other factors include:
High Triglyceride levels
High Blood Pressure
Family Health History
The higher the level of each risk factor, the higher you are at risk of developing coronary heart disease. Cholesterol can be controlled, but you must know your cholesterol levels.
Is your total cholesterol 200 mg/dL or higher?
Are you a man over 45 years of age or a woman over 50?
Is your HDL less than 40 mg/dL?
Do you have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke?
If you’re admitted to the hospital for a major coronary event, your LDL cholesterol will be measured on admission or within the next 24 hours. However, it may take time for your fasting lipid profile to stabilize – perhaps even 4 to 6 weeks – before you can get accurate results. Your doctor will determine whether to begin drug therapy upon your discharge from the hospital.
Managing your cholesterol.
Work closely with your healthcare professionals to monitor your cholesterol levels so you can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. If your cholesterol levels are currently good, it’s still a good idea to work closely with your doctor so you can maintain good health. It’s never too early to begin a prevention plan embracing healthy habits that can reduce the risk of problems later.