Cholesterol

Friday, May 27, 2011

Cholesterol itself isnt bad. We all have and need this wax-like substance in our bodies. Dr. Edward Hill discusses cholesterol and its effect on our health in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Heart attacks and strokes are the number one cause of death in the United States. Having high cholesterol levels puts you at greater risk for having a heart attack or stroke.

Your risk also is higher if you:

Smoke

Do not exercise

Are a man older than 45 years or a woman older than 55 years

Have high levels of bad cholesterol or LDL

Have low levels of good cholesterol or HDL

Have diabetes

Have high blood pressure

Have a parent, grandparent, brother or sister who had heart disease before age 60, or

Have a body mass index of at least 30.

Your best cholesterol level depends on other risk factors you may have for heart disease. Your doctor will use your LDL level to decide if you need to take medicine.

A healthy lifestyle will lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Daily exercise and a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet also help lower your risk.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.