Know your complete cholesterol
profile in 5 minutes
Cholesterol lowering is important for young, middle-aged, and
older adults. 1 out of every 2 men and 1 out of every 3 women
will develop heart disease sometime in their life. Whether you
have heart disease or want to prevent it, you can reduce your
risk for having a heart attack by lowering your cholesterol level
– ask Dr. Melamed today.
What does cholesterol have to do with heart
The Framingham Heart Study established that high blood cholesterol
is a risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD). Results of
the Framingham study showed that the higher the cholesterol level,
the greater the CHD risk. A direct link between high blood cholesterol
and CHD has been confirmed by the Lipid Research Clinics-Coronary
Primary Prevention Trial (1984) which showed that lowering total
and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels significantly reduces
CHD. A series of more recent trials of cholesterol lowering using
statin drugs have demonstrated conclusively that lowering total
cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol reduces the chance of having a
heart attack, needing bypass surgery or angioplasty, and dying
of CHD-related causes.
What can make your cholesterol high?
Your blood cholesterol level is affected not only by what you
eat but also by how quickly your body makes LDL ("bad")
cholesterol and disposes of it. In fact, your body makes all the
cholesterol it needs, and it is not necessary to take in any additional
cholesterol from the foods you eat.
Many factors help determine whether your LDL cholesterol level:
- Heredity: Your genes influence how
fast LDL is made and removed from the blood.
- You Diet: Saturated fats and cholesterols
in the foods you eat make your LDL level go up.
- Weight: Excess weight tends to increase
your LDL level.
- Exercise: Regular physical activity
may lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol
- Age and Sex: Before menopause, women
usually have lower cholesterol than men. As women and men get
older, their blood cholesterol levels rise.
- Alcohol: Alcohol intake increases
HDL but does not lower your LDL. Drinking too much alcohol is
- Stress: Stress over the long
term has been shown in several studies to raise blood cholesterol
What does your cholesterol mean to you?
Your LDL level is a good indicator of your risk for heart disease.
Other risks to consider include, age, family history of early
heart disease, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes
and low HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Your LDL cholesterol
will fall into one of these categories:
- Desirable less than 130 mg/dL
- Borderline high risk between 130-159
- High risk 160 mg/dL or higher
The key point to remember is the lower your LDL cholesterol,
the lower your risk. Dr. Melamed may prescribe a diet low in saturated
fat and cholesterol, regular exercise and a weight management
program if you're overweight. If you can't lower your cholesterol
with these efforts, medications may also be prescribed to lower
Do you know your cholesterol level?
Just a simple finger-stick is all you need to check your cholesterol
level. In virtually 5-minutes we can check your complete lipid
profile, without the anxiety of a venipuncture. We offer the same
level of accuracy and precision provided by laboratories.