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What You and Your Health Care Provider Can Do for LDL ("Bad" Cholesterol)

Good health comes from teamwork. Your health care provider can order tests, but it's up to you to get them done. Your provider should let you know your test results and when to get your next test.

Talk with your provider if you have any risk factors for heart disease:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart disease

According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the American Heart Association, everyone age 20 and older should get their cholesterol checked at least once every five years. Talk with your provider about how often you need your cholesterol checked. Ask about other tests that could help find heart problems.

Talk with your provider about controlling your risk of heart disease. The good news is that some lifestyle changes help control many risks at once. For example, being active can:

  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Help control diabetes and pre-diabetes
  • Reduce stress
  • Help control your weight

Many people lower their cholesterol by eating healthy low-fat foods, getting more exercise and losing weight.

The information on this page was compiled by the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American Diabetes Association. This information summarizes core care elements appropriate to adults with this condition. This information should not be construed as representing standards of care nor as a substitute for individualized evaluation and treatment on clinical circumstances by a qualified health care professional. Please see our disclaimer.

For more information about this complex health issue, please see the Cholesterol Links page for resources and information sources.

An initiative of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with additional funding provided by HealthInsight New Mexico