If your doctor prescribes medication for cholesterol, you also will need to:
- Follow a diet that is low in cholesterol
- Be more physically active
- Lose weight (if you are overweight)
- Control all of your other heart disease risk factors (including smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes).
Taking all these steps together may reduce the amount of cholesterol medicine you need or make the medication work better -- and that reduces your risk for a heart attack.