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people who've had a heart attack will have another cardiovascular event within a year

Heart attack, stroke, or death.

Why is LDL-C called
bad cholesterol?

LDL-C stands for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Over time, high levels of LDL-C can lead to a buildup of plaque that can break off and form a clot in your arteries. This can restrict blood flow, putting you at risk for a heart attack or stroke.
Interactive plaque buildup
Interactive plaque buildup
55mg

Am I at very high risk?

Different factors can put you at very high risk for another heart attack or stroke. If you are at very high risk, an LDL-C below 55 mg/dL is recommended to reduce the chances of another event.

Based on 2018 ACC treatment guidelines

You are very high risk if you’ve had
1 major ASCVD event + multiple high-risk condition icon
1 Major EVENT + more than
one high-risk Condition
(such as: age 65 or older, diabetes, high blood pressure)
Multiple major ASCVD events icon
Multiple
major events
(including: prior heart attack, prior stroke, symptomatic peripheral artery disease, acute coronary syndrome within 1 year)
THERE ARE SOME RISK FACTORS YOU CAN CONTROL AND SOME YOU CANNOT

EXAMPLES OF Risk factors you can control:

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LDL-C (bad cholesterol) is one of the most important factors you can control.

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Diet

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Stress

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Weight

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Smoking

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Type 2 diabetes

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Lack of exercise

Risk factors you cannot control:

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Race & ethnicity

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Age & sex

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Family history

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Knowing your LDL-C is the first step in understanding your risk of another heart attack or stroke.

Terms and conditions apply. Programs subject to change; quantities may be limited. Visit WhatIsMyLDL.com for details.