Cholesterol is found in the food you eat and created by your body’s own natural processes. There are two types of cholesterol: HDL and LDL cholesterol. Often, HDL cholesterol is called “good” cholesterol, while LDL is called “bad” cholesterol. Cholesterol cannot dissolve in the blood and must instead be transported to and from the cells in your body by proteins called lipoproteins. LDL is referred to as bad cholesterol because it easily builds up inside your arteries, blocking part or all of the blood flowing through them. This process is called atherosclerosis. HDL prevents atherosclerosis from occurring, which is why HDL is beneficial to your body. Sufficient levels of HDL in the blood are important in preventing heart attack and stroke. High levels of LDL or low levels of HDL can both increase your risk of heart disease.
Your heart doctor at Cardiac Solutions can help you better understand your cholesterol levels and what they mean. If you have questions about cholesterol, blood pressure, or other aspects of your heart health, please call (623) 876-8816 to schedule an appointment today. Visit us on the web for more information about our team-based approach to cardiac care.