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.