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Cholesterol Knowledge Base

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found in the fats (lipids) in your blood. While your body needs cholesterol to continue building healthy cells, having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.

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What are the Symptoms of High Cholesterol?

High cholesterol has no symptoms. A blood test is the only way to detect high cholesterol.

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When should I get tested for Cholesterol?

Ask your doctor or health professional for a baseline cholesterol test at age 20 and then have your cholesterol retested at least every five years.

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What causes High Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is carried through your blood, attached to proteins. This combination of proteins and cholesterol is called a lipoprotein. You may have heard of different types of cholesterol, based on what type of cholesterol the lipoprotein carries.

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What are the Risk Factors of High Cholesterol?

You’re more likely to have high cholesterol that can lead to heart disease if you have any of these risk factors:

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What are the Complication of High Cholesterol?

High cholesterol can cause atherosclerosis, a dangerous accumulation of cholesterol and other deposits on the walls of your arteries. These deposits (plaques) can reduce blood flow through your arteries, which can cause complications, such as:

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How should I prepare for an appointment to have my Cholesterol Checked

If you think you may have high cholesterol, or are worried about having high cholesterol because of a strong family history, make an appointment with your family doctor, screening centre or RediCare clinic to have your cholesterol level checked.

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What does a Cholesterol Test and Diagnosis entail?

A blood test to check cholesterol levels — called a lipid panel or lipid profile — typically reports:

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How do I Interpret my Cholesterol Numbers?

Cholesterol is measured in millimoles (mmol) per liter (L) of blood. Consider these general guidelines when you get your cholesterol test results back to see if your cholesterol falls in ideal levels.

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LDL targets can Differ

Because LDL cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, it’s the main focus of cholesterol-lowering treatment. Your target LDL number can vary, depending on your underlying risk of heart disease.

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How is High Cholesterol Treated?

Lifestyle changes such those implemented at RediCare which involve exercising and eating a healthy diet are the first line of prevention against high cholesterol. But, if you’ve made these important lifestyle changes and your cholesterol levels remains high, your doctor may recommend medication.

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What Type of Lifestyle Interventions Reduce High Cholesterol?

Lifestyle Change are essential to improve your cholesterol level. To bring your numbers down, lose excess weight, eat healthy foods and increase your physical activity. If you smoke – Quit.

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