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.
|I’m over 40 years of age|
|I have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or chronic kidney disease|
|I have a family history of high cholesterol, heart disease or stroke|
|I have experienced chest pain (angina)|
|I am overweight|
|I currently smoke cigarettes or have in the past year|
|Someone in my immediate family had a heart attack or stroke at a young age|