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Managing cholesterol levels can lower the risk for heart disease — the leading cause of death in the United States. There are two types of cholesterol circulating in the blood: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or "good cholesterol," and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad cholesterol."
Cholesterol levels are specific to each person; your doctor can help determine a range that is right for you based on your medical history. In general, you want you HDL level to be greater than 40 milligrams per deciliter. Conversely, you want your LDL level to be less than 130 per deciliter. A total cholesterol level below 200 milligrams per deciliter is considered desirable.
mySharp makes it easy to track lab test results like cholesterol. Sharp Rees-Stealy patients can view select lab results once they have been reviewed by their doctor, including viewing the normal range for a particular test. Learn more and sign up for a free mySharp account today!
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Learn more about reducing your risk of heart disease and improving your overall health at our Healthy Hearts class. During this two-session series, you will learn how to modify recipes; control blood pressure and cholesterol; and make heart-healthy choices while dining out and grocery shopping. Register online or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277).
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