Comparing Good and Bad Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a wax-like substance that your body naturally produces. Although your body requires a certain amount of cholesterol, many people have too much because the liver manufactures more cholesterol in response to a diet high in saturated and trans fats. There are two main types of cholesterol. The bad kind of cholesterol is low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. If you have too much LDL cholesterol, you’re at risk of developing deposits of plaque in the arteries. This can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and peripheral artery disease.

The good kind of cholesterol is high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. HDL cholesterol works to keep your LDL cholesterol levels in check. It ferries LDL cholesterol back to the liver, where it can be processed for removal from the body. Cardiologists recommend improving levels of HDL cholesterol to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

Patients with high cholesterol are invited to contact the cardiology team at Cardiac Solutions to learn about effective treatment options. Call our heart clinics in Avondale, Peoria, or Sun City West at (623) 208-5305 with any questions you may have.

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