LDL cholesterol is commonly known as the “bad” cholesterol. It is the type that often leaves behind fat in your blood vessels. This makes them narrow. When your blood vessels get narrow, your heart has more trouble pumping blood. All this can lead to a heart attack or stroke. This is why it is so important to keep your cholesterol levels in check.

Cholesterol is a fat-like, waxy substance that plays many good roles in your body. Because cholesterol is made up of fat, it needs help traveling in your blood. It is carried by many different kinds of proteins. LDL and HDL are the main types. Since LDL is the type likely to leave fat behind and clog your arteries, it is the “bad” type. Too much raises your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Talk to your doctor about how you can manage your cholesterol.

Too much LDL cholesterol is bad and can make your heart sad!