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There Are Ways You Can Lower Your LDL-C (bad cholesterol)

Cholesterol plays a big role in your health. A high LDL-C level, along with other factors, can put you at risk of serious cardiovascular events. If you have cardiovascular disease and are considered to be at very high risk for a heart attack or stroke due to your medical history or lifestyle factors, the American College of Cardiology recommends an LDL-C level of less than 55 mg/dL.

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Steps you can take to lower your LDL-C

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Lifestyle changes like diet and exercise

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Statin medications may be prescribed

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Nonstatin prescription medications may be added

Some people still have high LDL-C levels after making lifestyle changes and taking a statin. Adding other prescription medication(s) to statins can help lower LDL-C even further.
Talk to your doctor about whether these medications may be right for you.

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How can I know my LDL-C level?

Only a blood test can show if your LDL-C is high or within a recommended level. Everyone’s recommended level is based on their medical history and certain risk factors. Get tested and talk to your doctor about what your recommended level should be, and how to get there.

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How often should you get an LDL-C Test?

Here are some general guidelines for how often LDL-C should be tested. Always talk to your doctor about what frequency might be right for your situation.

In 4-12 weeks Every 3-12 months Every 4-6 years 
I am at least 20 years old with an ideal range of LDL-C levels and I am not on cholesterol-lowering medication
I’m on a cholesterol-lowering medication and my doctor has made no changes to my treatment plan
I’ve recently started a new cholesterol-lowering medication
My doctor has recently made changes to my cholesterol-lowering medications