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What is Cholesterol?

12:01 - 9 April , 2021


The liver makes cholesterol, a natural fatty substance that the body needs. When we consume animal source foods, we add additional cholesterol to our body.

It is classified in:

  • Good cholesterol or HDL cholesterol: its purpose is to remove cholesterol from the arteries and return it to the liver.
  • Bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol: if there is a large amount of cholesterol in the blood, the excess sticks and forms plaques in the arteries, generating a progressive narrowing that over time can lead to atherosclerosis.

Signs and symptoms Cholesterol

What are the normal levels of cholesterol and triglycerides?

  • Total cholesterol: between 200 and 240 mg/dl
  • LDL cholesterol: between 100 and 160 mg/dl
  • HDL cholesterol: more than 35 mg/dl in men and 40 mg/dl in women


Diseases such as diabetes and obesity are determining factors in cholesterol levels, as are leading a sedentary life and consuming alcohol in excess. Age, sex, and family history also play a role.


Adopting healthy habits will help you control your cholesterol level:

  • Follow a low calories, low-fat, and low salt diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.

In the event that despite making changes in your lifestyle, cholesterol levels do not decrease enough, your ABC doctor will indicate a drug treatment to achieve it.

Diagnosis and treatment Cholesterol

An elevated cholesterol level has no signs or symptoms, so it is necessary to have a total cholesterol test and assess the risk of developing heart disease. This blood test considers and measures the following types of fat:

  • Total cholesterol 
  • High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) 
  • Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) 
  • Triglycerides 

Patients who have had heart attacks or strokes require regular cholesterol testing to monitor the effectiveness of their treatment.

At the Cardiovascular Center we offer you a wide range of prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and follow-up services to take care of you through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary care model. Come to us, we want to hear your heart.


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