Understanding Your Cholesterol Level Topic Guide
Cholesterol Charts (What the Numbers Mean): Understanding your cholesterol level is important for disease prevention. High cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood place an individual at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke, and peripheral artery disease. Cholesterol can be lowered through lifestyle modifications and medication if necessary.
Cholesterol Lowering Medications Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance that your body needs to function normally. If a person has too much cholesterol in their bloodstream, it can lead to heart disease. Cholesterol lowering medications include statins (Lipitor, Lescol, Mevacor, Altocor, Pravachol, Zocor, and Crestor), bile acid sequestrants (Questran, Colestid, WelChol), nicotinic acid agents (niacin, Niacor, Slo-Niacin), and fibrates (Lopid, Tricor). Side effects, drug interactions, and warnings and precautions should be reviewed prior to taking these medications.
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