Fats, or lipids, in the blood are an important part of processing energy. But too much of these blood fats can build up in your arteries and cause a number of cardiovascular problems like heart attack and stroke. Patients with high cholesterol usually show no symptoms, so regular testing is the only way to monitor this crucial health indicator.
There are two different types of cholesterol: LDL, which are low-density lipids, and HDL, high-density lipids. Total cholesterol levels should be less than 200, with LDL (also known as the “bad” cholesterol) less than 130. HDL cholesterol can actually help reduce LDL cholesterol by transporting it to the liver so the body can excrete it.
Most of the body’s necessary cholesterol is produced by the liver, with only about a quarter of cholesterol needed from food. So if your diet is high in fats, your body may have too much LDL cholesterol, and deposit the extra as a waxy substance in the arteries.
There are a number of things your Tenet Florida Physicians Services doctor can do to help with high cholesterol. These include recommending a healthier diet, planning an exercise program, and prescribing cholesterol-lowing medications.Previous Page Last Review Date: January 5, 2018