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Cholesterol is a fat found in the blood.

There are two types of cholesterol: “Good” (HDL-C) and “Bad” (LDL-C).

“Good” cholesterol (HDL-C) helps remove excess cholesterol from the body.

High “bad” cholesterol (LDL-C) can cause a build-up of plaque in your arteries – called atherosclerosis – that can block blood flow. Blockage to your heart can cause a heart attack. A piece of plaque can break away and travel to blood vessels in your brain, causing a stroke.


As plaque builds up, arteries gradually become hardened and narrow

Do you know your LDL-C number?

It’s a direct link: as LDL-C rises, so does your risk of coronary heart disease.

You may be able to help slow, prevent or even reverse plaque build-up in your arteries. Controlling your cholesterol can lower your risk of atherosclerosis – and in turn lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

High cholesterol has no symptoms. Many people don’t discover that they have high cholesterol until they have a heart attack or stroke.

Know your cholesterol risk!

If you have any of these risk factors, talk to your doctor and get your cholesterol checked.

If you have already had a heart attack or stroke, talk to your doctor about what you can do to help reduce your risk of another in future.

Get the facts about cholesterol.

Talk to your doctor, get checked and take charge.

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