Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL)
Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) is a kind of cholesterol found in the body. An increased amount of LDL leads to a buildup of cholesterol in the arteries.
That’s why it is often called bad cholesterol.
How does LDL interact with HDL?
High levels of good cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) decrease the risk of heart disease. HDL helps transfer LDL cholesterol to the liver.
The Liver breaks down the bad cholesterol and helps avoid any harm to your heart. Doctors often prescribe an LDL test to get insight into your risk of heart disease. The results can give insight into possible treatment options.
The American Heart Association recommends testing cholesterol levels for everyone above 20 years of age. The AHA recommends getting tested once ever every 4-6 years for low-risk patients.
Typically, high cholesterol doesn’t show any evident symptoms. It’s a silent disease that doctors diagnose through testing.
You’ll not know about it unless you have it tested!
If you have risk factors for developing heart disease, you may need to test more often. You are more likely to be at risk for heart disease if you:
Chances of having heart disease are most likely in case of:
- Family history of heart disease
- Low HDL levels
LDL levels should be checked more frequently if you know you already have high cholesterol. Test results help direct lifestyle changes, such as:
All these help lower your cholesterol.
Since high cholesterol usually doesn’t show any symptoms, you need to get them checked regularly.
High cholesterol can increase the chance of certain life-threatening medical conditions like:
- Coronary heart disease
- Atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in arteries)
- Heart attack
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Carotid Artery Disease
Note: This lab test requires that you fast for 12-14 hours before getting your blood drawn.
How To Check Your LDL
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David, RN, CCRN
Founder of AndrogenHacker