Cholesterol is a waxy substance necessary for all living tissue. The
body manufactures most of the cholesterol it needs. Additional cholesterol is
taken in from certain foods we eat.
Too much cholesterol in the blood is not healthy, because it can build
up in the walls of arteries, causing the blood vessels to narrow
(atherosclerosis). Narrowed blood vessels carry less blood and may increase a
person's risk for a stroke or
The goal in treating cholesterol is to lower your chance of having a heart attack or a stroke. The goal is not to lower your cholesterol numbers alone.
You can lower your risk by making lifestyle changes. These are important for everyone. You and your doctor can work together to understand what your risks are and what treatment is best for you. Your doctor may recommend that you take statins if the benefits outweigh the risks.
If you have already had a TIA or a stroke, your doctor will likely recommend a statin to help prevent another stroke.
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