Cholesterol is a soft, waxy, fat-like substance that your body makes as needed. High cholesterol, either from genetics or from the foods you eat, may cause harm to your body. Too much cholesterol in the blood can build up along the artery walls. Having high cholesterol can raise your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. The good news is that there are treatment options available.
Talk to your doctor about high cholesterol at your next appointment.
At your appointment, your doctor will review your cholesterol levels, family history and look at other factors to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. Your doctor may recommend eating a lower fat diet, getting regular exercise and could even prescribe medicine.
The medicines most doctors prescribe for high cholesterol are called statins. Statins are recommended for most people because they are the only cholesterol lowering medicine directly tied to reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. If you have to take medicine, don’t worry. Try to set up a routine and stick to it. Even if you feel fine, taking cholesterol medicine regularly is very important.
If you take or need to take medicine for high cholesterol, talk to your doctor about any questions you have. Medicines may not work unless they are taken as prescribed, so make sure you know how to take your statin before you leave the doctor’s office.
Source: American Heart Association