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Cholesterol & Your Health

Why should I be concerned about my cholesterol levels?

Did you know that as your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels rise, so does your risk of heart disease? Even if you’ve made changes to your lifestyle and tried the highest tolerated dose of a statin, if your bad cholesterol is still high—you’re at risk.

Risks of high levels of bad cholesterol

Bad (LDL) cholesterol is a waxy substance found in your blood. It can build-up in the walls of your arteries and form plaque, which can narrow the blood vessels. The higher your bad cholesterol, the greater your risk for developing heart disease or having a heart attack or stroke.

The effect of PRALUENT® (alirocumab) on heart problems such as heart attacks, stroke, or death is not known.

Bad cholesterol can run in the family

Sometimes, a high level of bad cholesterol may be caused by heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH), an inherited condition that can put you at risk of heart problems due to build-up of plaque in the arteries. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with HeFH, or has had a heart attack or stroke at an early age, you should talk to your doctor.

Knowing your bad cholesterol number and goal is important

Use the chart below to see where you stand, then talk to your doctor to find out what your treatment options may be.

Achieving your cholesterol goal

Having high levels of bad cholesterol can put you at higher risk of heart problems. It’s important to maintain low levels of bad cholesterol in order to potentially reduce your risk. Talk to your doctor about what your goal should be, and discuss how to best reach that goal.