HDL cholesterol is commonly known as the “good" cholesterol. It helps remove excess cholesterol from your blood. Cholesterol is a fat-like, waxy substance that plays many good roles in your body. But too much can lead to fat build up 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.

Not all cholesterols are bad. When there is too much cholesterol, HDL helps remove the extra. By doing so, HDL helps clear your blood vessels. With low levels of HDL, it may be easier for fats to build up and clog your arteries. This is one reason why higher levels of HDL cholesterol are good for you. High HDL cholesterol can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

It is important to check your cholesterol levels. Talk to your doctor about how you can manage your cholesterol.

Higher HDL can keep your heart well!