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Understanding and controlling cholesterol Cholesterol, a type of lipid, is a waxy, fat-like substance produced naturally and stored in the liver. Your body needs cholesterol to function normally, but you only need a small amount in your bloodstream. If you have too much cholesterol in your blood, your body stores the extra in your arteries, including the coronary arteries. Cholesterol build-up narrows and clogs the arteries, resulting in heart disease, such as acute coronary syndrome. As your cholesterol level increases, so does your risk for heart disease. Your total cholesterol level is made up of three parts. LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is often called the “bad” cholesterol. When the body has too much LDL, it can build up in artery walls. HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is known as the “good” cholesterol because it picks up leftover LDL from the arteries and carries it back to the liver to be used again. Triglycerides are fatty substances made by your liver from the food you eat. A high triglyceride level may lead to plaque buildup in arteries. My Cholesterol Levels Each time you have your cholesterol checked, record the results below. Bring this chart to your next healthcare exam and discuss the results with your healthcare provider. Date Total cholesterol HDL LDL Triglycerides © 2013 ABC, FH Foundation, and Krames StayWel . All rights reserved. A pAtient resource guide Acute Coronary Syndrome: Stroke and Heart Attack Prevention P854_ABC_FH_ACS_Stroke_HeartAttack_Prevention_GTG.indd 1 6/14/13 2:30 PM P854 MyCholesterolLevels.indd 1 6/17/13 3:36 PM My Cholesterol Levels Click here to download and print this worksheet to help you track your cholesterol levels. 19


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