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How do i know if i have high cholesterol?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
A blood test: A simple, standard blood test is the way.
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Get a lipid panel: Go to a health fair, your local public health office or you doctor and ask for a "fasting lipid panel." there are 3 separate goals: one for the hdl-c (good cholesterol), ldl-c (bad cholesterol), and for the triglycerides (bad little fats). Make sure you are meeting the goals for all 3. "high total cholesterol" is not important - we now know that each of the 3 parts are much better to use.

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What is a high cholesterol?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
High cholesterol: High cholesterol usually refers to the amount of cholesterol found in a persons blood, and can be measured by laboratory tests. When cholesterol measurement is above the normal range for that individual then it is generally called high cholesterol. Interpretation of the meaning of high levels in the blood requires a physician consultation and other testing to determine any health risk.

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