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Cholesterol Management

Too much cholesterol (a fat-like substance) in your blood causes your arteries to get hard or stiff and they can become narrowed.

It's important to keep your cholesterol levels within healthy limits. 
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Heart Disease

  • You're considered to be at a high risk of heart disease if you have or have had any of the following:
  • A previous heart attack or stroke
  • Artery blockages in your neck (carotid artery disease)
  • Artery blockages in your arms or legs (peripheral artery disease)
  • Diabetes
  • In addition, two or more of the following risk factors also might place you in the very high risk group:
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Low HDL cholesterol
  • Family history of early heart disease
  • Age older than 45 if you're a man, or older than 55 if you're a woman
  • Elevated lipoprotein (a), another type of fat (lipid) in your blood
 

What Can You Do?

 
Cholesterol Levels
Total Cholesterol Level
Category
Less than 200 mg/dL
Desirable
LDL Cholesterol Level
(Bad Cholesterol)
LDL-Cholesterol Category
Less than 100 mg/dL
Optimal
HDL Cholesterol Level
(Good Cholesterol)
HDL-Cholesterol Category
Men- Equal to or Greater than 40mg/dL
Optimal
HDL Cholesterol Level
(Good Cholesterol)
HDL-Cholesterol Category
Women-
Equal to or Greater than 50mg/dL
Optimal
Triglycerides  Level
(fats carried in the blood from the food we eat)
Category
Less than 150 mg/dL
Desirable
Health Promotion and Chronic Disease
350 Capitol Street, Room 514  Charleston, WV 25301-3715
Ph: (304) 356-4193 Fx: (304) 558-1553

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