Why is Cholesterol Important?

The Heart Institute offers comprehensive cardiac risk factor education, including:

  • cholesterol medication management
  • nutrition and exercise information
  • smoking cessation assistance

We also offer advanced lipid (blood fat) testing to evaluate for genetic cardiac risk factors beyond basic cholesterol tests. www.4myheart.com

“Your blood cholesterol level has a lot to do with your chances of getting heart disease. High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. A risk factor is a condition that increases your chance of getting a disease. The higher your cholesterol level, the greater your risk of developing heart disease or having a heart attack. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the United States. Each year, more than a million Americans have heart attacks and about a half million people die from heart disease.”

Your chance of developing heart and artery disease depends to some degree on your cardiac risk factors. These include:

  • High LDL (lousy) cholesterol
  • Low HDL (happy) cholesterol
  • Cigarette smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of early heart disease
  • Age (men 45 years or older; women 55 years or older)
  • Diabetes