Cholesterol is a fatty substance that exists in your blood. Doctors separate cholesterol into “good” and “bad” types. When people say they have high cholesterol, they usually mean they have excessive amounts of low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol) in their blood. This is the “bad” kind.

Watch this video of Dr. Ami Beniaminovitz discussing the causes, risk factors, and more information regarding high cholesterol.

Unfortunately, high cholesterol doesn’t have any symptoms until it causes a heart attackstroke, or another cardiovascular event. This is why getting a cholesterol test is crucial for your health.

If you are at low risk for high cholesterol it is recommended your blood is tested every four to six years. Those with cardiovascular disease or with high risk factors may need to be assessed every year or more frequently.

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