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Types of Cholesterol

Lipoproteins and cholesterol--what is the connection?

Everything You Wanted to Know About LDL Cholesterol
Low density lipoprotein, also known as LDL or “bad” cholesterol, serves as the main transporter of cholesterol in the bloodstream. It is primarily responsible for carrying cholesterol to the body’s cells.

LDL comes from two sources: Your liver and the foods you eat (specifically, fat and cholesterol in your diet). <…

LDL Cholesterol - How Are You Keeping Your LDL Cholesterol Levels Low
Lowering LDL cholesterol is an important way to lower your risk of heart disease. Share with us how you decided on your approach to lowering your LDL.

What Is Lipoprotein(a)?
Lipoprotein(a) appears to be an emerging risk factor for heart disease, but exactly what it does and how much it may increase your risk of heart disease is not known.

LDL Goal
A LDL goal is an ideal level that your LDL cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, levels should target.

What Is a Total Cholesterol Level?
Total cholesterol levels are commonly measured in a lipid panel given in your healthcare provider's office, and include LDL and HDL.

What Is My LDL Cholesterol Goal if I Am Healthy?
Your LDL cholesterol goal depends on your risk factors for heart disease or if you have established heart disease.

What Is My LDL Cholesterol Goal if I'm at Risk for Heart Disease?
Your LDL cholesterol goal, if you are at risk for heart disease, depends on your 10 year risk.

What Is My LDL Cholesterol Goal if I Have Heart Disease?
LDL cholesterol goals vary from disease state and person. However, if you have heart disease or a CHD equivalent, your LDL goal will be lower.

What Is Small, Dense LDL?
The presence of small, dense LDL in your blood may raise your risk of heart disease. Find out what this dangerous type of LDL is and how you can lower it.

What Is Oxidized LDL?
Oxidized LDL is an LDL particle that contains free radicals. These free radicals can react with tissues and produce damage to them.

What Are the Causes of High Triglycerides?
Many people don't think of high triglycerides as much as they think of high cholesterol levels, but it could lead to heart disease down the road if it is not properly addressed.

What Causes Low-HDL Levels?
Having low-HDL levels may contribute to heart disease down the road. There are many causes of low HDL, and fortunately, many of these can be corrected through making a few changes to your lifestyle.

What Do Lipoproteins Do?
Lipoproteins are in charge of transporting cholesterol to various parts of the body.

The Connection Between Lipoproteins and Cholesterol
Lipoproteins play an intricate role in cholesterol transportation.

What Are Triglycerides?
Triglycerides are the most common type of lipid found in the blood. This article will tell you how triglycerides work in the body and conditions that could increase your triglyceride levels.

Triglyceride Levels and Stroke Risk
High lipids can place you at risk for having a heart attack, however there is another lipid that, if high enough, it can place your risk of having a stroke.

How Can I Lower My LDL Cholesterol Level?
Lowering your LDL cholesterol -- also known as your "bad" cholesterol -- can help you to prevent heart disease. This article will show you how to do it.

How Can I Raise My HDL Levels?
Studies have shown that having elevated levels of HDL can be protective against heart disease. This article gives you some healthy tips on how you can increase your HDL levels.

Is Increasing HDL Levels the Answer to Cholesterol Problems?
You're familiar with the difference between "good" cholesterol (HDL) and "bad" cholesterol (LDL). Research has shown that high HDL levels can decrease your risk of heart disease. Despite this knowledge, there are no medications that specifically raise HDL cholesterol. This article addresses why raising HDL may not be enough.

Is There A Bad Side To “Good” Cholesterol?
Having a high level of HDL cholesterol, or the "good" cholesterol, is a good thing, since it has a protective effect against heart disease and prevents cholesterol levels from accumulating in the blood. Researchers, however, are now finding out that HDL may have a bad side to it. They have discovered that the protein part on some of the HDL molecules may change over time, and may actually have the ability to cause heart disease.

C-Reactive Protein: A Cardiovascular Risk Factor?
C-reactive protein is not a lipid like cholesterol, but high levels of it could play an important role in causing heart disease when combined with high cholesterol.

5 Foods to Raise HDL
This article features foods that are the most "HDL-friendly" for those who are looking to follow a low cholesterol diet. It provides helpful preparation ideas to make eating right easy.

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