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Isabel Learns About Blood Cholesterol
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body.
Why is high blood cholesterol bad for your heart?
Your body makes all the cholesterol you need to be healthy. When you eat foods high in saturated fat, trans
Over time, this extra cholesterol can clog your arteries. This increases your chances of having a heart attack
What is good and bad cholesterol?
HDL is "good cholesterol." It helps clean fat and cholesterol from your blood vessels. Just remember
LDL is "bad cholesterol." It carries cholesterol to your blood vessels, clogging them like rust in a pipe.
Isabel says: "I was not aware that my LDL was high. I made sure that my husband, Mario, got his cholesterol
Have your blood cholesterol checked.
The blood test to measure the cholesterol levels is called a lipid profile. You can have this test done at your
Learn what your cholesterol levels mean.
LDL (Bad) Cholesterol:
HDL (Good) Cholesterol:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES