As you may already know, LDL cholesterol is often called bad cholesterol because it can build up in the walls of your arteries and form plaque, putting you at risk of a serious cardiovascular event, like a heart attack, stroke, stent, or bypass surgery.
High LDL puts you at risk
Because high LDL has no symptoms, you can't feel what’s happening inside of your body and may not know if you’re at risk for a cardiovascular event—but you are.
Uncontrolled high LDL leads to plaque buildup, which narrows and reduces blood flow through your arteries (the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to other parts of the body). This restriction of blood flow puts you at risk of a heart attack, stroke, stent, bypass surgery, or other heart problems.
DID YOU KNOW? After having a heart attack or stroke, the risk of another cardiovascular event is 1 in 3
You need to lower your LDL bad cholesterol
One of the most important things you can change to lower your risk of a cardiovascular event, like a heart attack or stroke, is your LDL.
Different factors can affect your cholesterol levels, like diet, weight, lack of exercise, and gender. High cholesterol can also run in families. Diet improvements and increased exercise can help to lower LDL, but sometimes you need to do more.
That’s why it’s important to take this seriously and talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes and cholesterol-lowering medicines to find a path toward lower LDL and a reduced risk of a devastating heart attack or stroke.
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