Why Cholesterol Matters: Why You Should Be Tested for High Cholesterol and FH

Cholesterol is a substance your body makes naturally. It is soft and waxy, similar to fat, and is present in your body’s cells and in your bloodstream. Cholesterol is necessary for your survival – it’s what your body uses to make new cells.

The truth is cholesterol in itself is a good thing. The problem comes when your body has too much cholesterol. Too much of the wrong kind of cholesterol creates an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, such as coronary heart disease and stroke – the No. 1 and No. 4 killers in the nation. In fact, people who have high levels of cholesterol (over 200 mg/dL) are at twice the risk for developing heart disease as those with lower risks.

So having high cholesterol is a clear health concern. The good news is that high cholesterol can be treated very effectively, lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Mended Hearts is pleased to provide an educational GoToGuide on High Cholesterol & Familial Hypercholesterolemia. This guide will feature valuable information for the patient and caregiver including:

  • Cholesterol: What it is?
  • Cholesterol: How it works?
  • Cholesterol: The Risks
  • The Numbers to Know
  • Treating High Cholesterol
  • Asking the Right Questions
  • What is FH?
  • Living with FH
  • Downloadable version for printing

The High Cholesterol and FH GoToGuide offers interactive tools such as videos, quizzes and printable patient tools.

Mended Hearts gratefully acknowledges sponsorship provided by Amgen.