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High blood cholesterol levels are a major risk for heart disease, but also one that can be controlled. Ask your doctor about regular cholesterol screenings.
You can also have your cholesterol checked at the Southcoast Health Van which regularly makes trips to shopping plazas and other convenient sites throughout the South Coast area. For the van schedule, visit www.southcoast.org/van.
There are two kinds of cholesterol:
- HDL, or "good cholesterol," actually can help you fight heart disease. Your HDL level should be GREATER than 35 mg/dL (measured in milligrams per deciliter of blood).
- LDL, or "bad cholesterol," is bad for your arteries. Your LDL level should be LESS than 130mg/dL.
Together, they make up your total blood cholesterol level.
Links & Resources
American Heart Association