Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a wax-like fatty substance. You need cholesterol, but too much of it can build up in your arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke.

About 1 in every 6 people have high blood cholesterol. This can lead to heart disease which is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Learn more about how you can change your lifestyle and diet to decrease your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke.

The American Heart Association
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

                                        Desired Cholesterol Levels
 
 Total Cholesterol
 Less than 200 mg/dL
 
LDL (“bad” cholesterol)
 Less than 100 mg/dL
 
HDL (“good” cholesterol)

60 mg/dL or higher
 
Triglycerides
 
Less than 150 mg/dL

Cholesterol Facts