High Cholesterol

Lowering Cholesterol

In the past, there was a large focus on LDL goals, which were calculated based on your risk factors for a heart attack. Now, there are new guidelines that largely ignore those old goals. Your risk is calculated a bit differently using more modern equations that take into account more factors and calculate your risk for both heart attack and stroke. Instead of LDL goals, now the guidelines use your risk to recommend the "intensity" of statin treatment (which drug and which dosage).
(Click High Cholesterol Risk to see what your risk is and what your LDL cholesterol level should be under.)
Lowering cholesterol begins with lifestyle changes. If lifestyle changes do not lower cholesterol to a desirable level, cholesterol medication may be necessary.
For most people, living with high cholesterol is a lifelong journey.

Diet for High Cholesterol

Eating a heart-healthy diet is not only about limiting high cholesterol foods; it's also about limiting foods high in saturated fats and trans fat. Eating smart begins by learning about reading food labels and being aware of different types of fat and cholesterol in foods you eat.
For those with high cholesterol, if a heart-healthy diet does not lower cholesterol enough, your healthcare provider may recommend increasing the soluble fiber and/or adding other cholesterol-lowering foods to your diet.
(Click Low Cholesterol Diet for more information about a diet that is low in high cholesterol foods and fats.)
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