The goal in treating high cholesterol is to reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.
The two types of treatment for high cholesterol are:
- Lifestyle changes.
- Daily medicines.
Your doctor may suggest that you make one or more of the following changes:
- Build good eating habits.
- Lose weight.
- Get more active.
- Stop smoking.
For more information, see Reference Making Lifestyle Changes.
Many people try lifestyle changes first. But if lifestyle changes aren't enough to reach your cholesterol goal, you will need to take medicine too. Even if you take medicine for high cholesterol, keeping healthy lifestyle habits is still important.
Some people need to start taking medicine right away because their risk of heart attack is higher than average. Your doctor will base your need for medicine on your risk level.
Once you know your risk for heart attack, you can learn more about Reference treatment for your risk level.
You may also need treatment for other health problems, such as high blood pressure.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 29, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology