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Ask a Doctor: Control cholesterol for a healthy heart

10:00 PM, Feb. 10, 2014
Brian Woodbridge
Brian Woodbridge
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Q: My recent cholesterol test showed a low number for HDL cholesterol. My doctor wants me to try to raise that number. Isn't having a low level of cholesterol better than having a higher number for heart health?

A: February is heart month. Controlling cholesterol to reduce the risk of heart attack involves more than simply lowering the bad type of cholesterol known as LDL (low density lipoproteins). LDL can stick to the wall of the arteries and lead to a build-up of fatty plaque. It's the main cause of blockages in the arteries.

Having adequate levels of the other type of cholesterol known as HDL ...

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