The higher your cholesterol, the higher your heart disease risk. High cholesterol is one of the multiple risk factors for heart disease. By getting your cholesterol under control, you can help reduce your risk of dying from heart disease. Effective treatment saves lives!
People at all risk levels should make lifestyle changes such as improved diet and increased exercise to help control their cholesterol. Depending on your risk level, you may also need medication. Regardless of your risk level the goal is to make the bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) go down and the good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) go up. The lower you can get your LDL cholesterol, the better.
Talk to your doctor about your risk of developing heart disease, which treatment plan is right for you, how to set goals for your treatment, and how to evaluate the success of your treatment.