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8 Step Plan to Lower Your Cholesterol


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Talk to Your Doctor
Have your blood checked periodically and talk to your doctor about what the numbers mean.
Have your blood checked periodically and talk to your doctor about what the numbers mean.
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You may not experience any symptoms if you have high cholesterol and most people don't know they have it. That's why it is important to have your blood checked periodically. A blood test called a lipoprotein profile measures the cholesterol levels in your blood and is the recommended test. Find out what your numbers are and talk with your doctor about what they mean. The American Heart Association recommendations for cholesterol levels are:

Total blood cholesterol level (includes HDL, LDL and triglycerides):

Desirable — Less than 200 mg/dL

Borderline high risk — 200-239 mg/dL

High risk — 240 mg/dL and over

How the numbers break out:

HDL — 40 mg/dl or higher

LDL — Less than 100

Triglycerides — Less than 150


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