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LDL Cholesterol

Nearly 70 percent of Hispanic adults have high cholesterol and live with an elevated risk of blood clots, stroke and heart disease.

A 60-Second PSA from Gina Torres

Family physicians know high LDL cholesterol levels can lead to heart attack and stroke. Watch a new video, featuring award-winning actor and producer Gina Torres, about the importance of patients talking to their family doctor about getting their LDL cholesterol levels tested as one way to prevent heart disease.

Social and Cultural Factors that Can Influence Your Health

Nearly 70 percent of Hispanic adults have high cholesterol and live with an elevated risk of blood clots, stroke and heart disease — the leading cause of death in the U.S. Many people don’t discover they have high cholesterol until they suffer one of these life-threatening events. Yet, too few Hispanic Americans are getting tested and treated for high LDL cholesterol.

We know early testing and treatment saves lives. That’s why the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is encouraging patients to see their family doctor, get tested for possible high cholesterol, and discuss healthy lifestyle changes, such as good nutrition and regular exercise. Read the articles below to learn more.

High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy substance your liver makes to protect nerves and to make cell tissue and certain hormones. If your total cholesterol level is high because of a high LDL level, you may be at higher risk of heart disease or stroke.

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Blood Test: Lipid Panel

A lipid panel is a simple blood test to check your cholesterol levels. The blood test can be done in a doctor’s office, laboratory, or hospital.

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Heart Disease: Assessing Your Risk

Are you at high risk for heart disease? Take a moment to consider your lifestyle, family history, and general health. You and your doctor can use this information to tackle potential problems and maybe even lower your risk.

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Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Cholesterol

If your doctor says you need to improve your cholesterol, you’ll need to lower your LDL and increase your HDL. Medicines can help, but the simplest way to improve your cholesterol is through lifestyle changes.

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Lifestyle Changes to Improve Cholesterol

Following a healthy diet and exercising regularly are two of the primary ways to improve your cholesterol and avoid the negative effects of high LDL.

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Diet and Exercise for a Healthy Heart

Improving your heart health is easier when you know how to eat and how to exercise. Follow these tips to get the most out of your diet and exercise plan.

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Why Exercise?

Exercise is powerful medicine. Exercise prevents health problems, builds strength, boosts energy, and it can help you reduce stress. But those aren’t the only benefits.

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