Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. When you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it can build up on your artery walls. Too much cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States. But you can take steps to manage your cholesterol levels and lower your risk.
There are no signs or symptoms of high cholesterol. Many people have never had their cholesterol checked, so they don’t know if they are at risk. Getting your cholesterol checked with a simple blood test is the only way you can know if you are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease.
A simple blood test can tell you your cholesterol levels. There are steps you can take to prevent or manage high LDL cholesterol—or to reduce your levels if they are too high.
High low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States. No matter your age, you can take steps each day to keep your cholesterol in a healthy range.
You can help prevent and manage high cholesterol by making healthy choices and by managing any health conditions you may have.