Low Cholesterol Guidelines

By: Kate Ellingson
By: Kate Ellingson

People with moderate risk should now try to lower their bad cholesterol (LDL) to 100 and those with high risk to 70. Doctors say the levels of cholesterol in a person's body strongly correlates to their risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. Cholesterol medication (if needed), a heart healthy diet and exercise can help lower cholesterol.

It's important to calculate your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. You can go to the website www.nhlbi.nih.gov to calculate. On the right side of the screen there's an updated guideline article, that has a link to the risk calculator. All you need is your age, blood pressure and cholesterol. Doctors say everyone over the age of 25 years old should get their cholesterol checked.

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