Cholesterol FAQs (cont.)
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Should I only be concerned with my total cholesterol number?
Just knowing your total cholesterol isn't enough. Not only does the total cholesterol number need to be normal but HDL and LDL numbers need to be in the appropriate range. Normal total cholesterol associated with a high LDL may still increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Triglyceride levels also need to be controlled.
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