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Smart Patient Know Your Numbers Cholesterol

Monday, March 31, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Suzanne Gerstner
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Know your numbers

Total cholesterol Goal is less than 200

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that our bodies need to function. You need cholesterol to form cell membranes, many hormones, and bile acids, which digest fat. But too much cholesterol can hurt you. It can build up on the inside walls of your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

You also need to know your "healthy" HDL cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol numbers. HDL cholesterol should be more than 60 and LDL cholesterol should be less than 100. High total cholesterol may increase your risk for a heart attack or stroke. There are no definite symptoms of high cholesterol, so it's important to see your doctor.
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