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High Cholesterol and FH

Types of Cholesterol There are three main types of cholesterol: PLAY VIDEO Atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis video • Low-density lipoproteins (LDL-C): Sometimes referred to as “bad” cholesterol, LDL-C helps substances stick to the inner walls of your arteries. Keeping LDL-C at lower levels is an important part of good heart health. • High-density lipoproteins (HDL-C): Not all cholesterol is bad news. Sometimes called “good” cholesterol, HDL cholesterol actually helps your arteries keep cholesterol from sticking to the artery walls and moving through the bloodstream. HDL cholesterol even helps remove cholesterol from your bloodstream. Higher levels of HDL-C are associated with good heart health. • Triglycerides: A third type of cholesterol can also help clog the arteries. Triglycerides are also made by the body, but too much can be a bad thing for your health. Being overweight or obese, smoking, being physically inactive, drinking too much alcohol and eating too many carbohydrates can all increase triglyceride levels in your bloodstream. Diabetes and a family history of high triglyceride levels can also contribute to higher levels in your body. 5


High Cholesterol and FH
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