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Conditions Treated

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High Blood Pressure

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

High Cholesterol

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.

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Southcoast Heart Center

Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue
Fall River, MA 02720

St. Luke's Hospital
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac Prevention Program
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Electrophysiology & Heart Rhythm Services
Heart Failure Clinic
Open Heart Surgery
Structural Heart/Valve Clinic
Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Services

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