Know Your Cholesterol Level
It is easy to find out what your cholesterol level is by having a simple blood test done at your doctor's office or lab. Your cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). There are three important components of determining your cholesterol level.
Know Your Triglyceride Level
Triglyceride is a form of fat and is associated with your cholesterol levels. People with high triglyceride levels often have high total cholesteral level, high LDL, and low HDL. Normal triglyceride level will be less than 150 mg/DL.
Once you have the results from your blood test, your doctor can advise you what you need to do to reduce your risk or maintain a lower risk for heart attack or stroke.
It might be necessary for you to control your cholesterol levels by taking prescription medication. Cholesterol lowering drugs usually fall into the following categories: Statins, selective cholesterol absorption inhibitors, Resins, or Fibrates. These drugs, alone or in combination, act in different ways to maintain a healthy cholesterol level and your physician can determine which is best for you if it is needed.
Another drug and dietary supplement that affects your cholesterol level is Niacin. Niacin works to raise your HDL (good) levels. Ask your doctor whether you need a prescription or can take Niacin in a dietary supplement.
There are ways that you can help control your cholesterol levels that do not involve medication. You can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke by changing your lifestyle.
This will involve:
American Heart Month
A Congressional act since 1963 requires the President to proclaim February as American Heart Month every year. There are activities designed to raise awareness of heart disease and money for research. To find out about the activities in your area, check with the American Heart Association.
The importance of cholesterol screening is just the beginning of your quest for a healthier lifestyle. Find your scores and get ahead in the game of life.
Source: American Heart Association http://www.americanheart.org
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