Myths and Facts about bad cholesterol
We know you want to learn more about how to manage your cholesterol. But with so many sources of information available, it’s easy to become overwhelmed or even misinformed. Have you heard any of these common myths about bad cholesterol? The Truth about each MYTH may surprise you!
Having high levels of bad cholesterol is not as important as other risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Smoking, cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes are ALL considered MAJOR controllable risk factors for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk.
Having high levels of bad cholesterol can’t hurt you as long as you feel okay.
High levels of bad cholesterol is one of the major causes of atherosclerosis, a serious condition that is the most common cause of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. It most often starts early in life and progresses slowly, usually with no symptoms. Even if you feel fine, getting and keeping your bad cholesterol levels at the recommended goal is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of atherosclerosis.
Making healthy changes, such as eating better and exercising more, is all anyone needs to manage cholesterol levels.
Making healthy lifestyle changes is an important first step toward lowering your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. However, for some people this may not be enough. Talk to your doctor about your options.
Knowing the FACTS can help you understand the risks of high levels of bad cholesterol.
The effect of PRALUENT on heart problems such as heart attacks, stroke, or death is not known.