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What does total cholesterol of 247 and LDL of 169 indicate?

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Is cholestrol levl of 247 and an LDL of 169 good or bad and what is the suggested actions to address this if this is bad?
Posted Tue, 26 Aug 2014 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
 
 
Answered by Dr. Benard Shehu 3 hours later
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Hi,
and thank you for asking HCM!

The blood levels of total cholesterol > 240 mg/dl and LDL Cholesterol > 160 mg/dl are considered to be high, or in medical terms dyslipidemia (hypercholesterolemia).

Dyslipidemia is a bad thing for your health, because dyslipidemia is asociated with an increased risk of developing heart attack (myocardial infarction) and stroke.

If i was your treating doctor probably would begean with lifestyle change:
- Stop smoking
- Eating more soluble fibers, found in fruits and vegetables
- Eating less fat and cholesterol from meat and dairy products
- Exercising at least 30 minutes a day

If the lifestyle change aren't enough to lower your cholesterol level than medical therapy should be started. In such a case i would probably begin atorvastatin 20 mg.

Hope this answered to your queries!
Dr. Benard Shehu
p.s If you have other questions please don't hesitate to ask me again.
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