Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is in your blood. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is considered “good” because this type carries bad cholesterol away from the arteries. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is considered “bad” because it can build up within the arteries, forming fatty deposits known as plaque.

Over time, high levels of bad cholesterol can build up on the walls of your blood vessels. The bad cholesterol can create clogs and make it difficult for blood to flow through where your body needs it.

Sometimes these clogs can block your blood flow, leading to a devastating heart attack or stroke, and that’s why you need to treat it.

How can I lower bad cholesterol?

The best way to manage your cholesterol is to know your numbers and track them over time.

Bad cholesterol can be lowered by lifestyle changes, but diet and exercise alone can only lower it 14%–20% at most. That is why it is important to talk to your doctor about available treatment options that can help you reduce your high bad cholesterol and risk for a future heart attack.

The most commonly prescribed treatment option is a statin; however, it is important to know that there continue to be advancements in cholesterol management and more treatment options are now available to help you better reduce your bad cholesterol even further.