What are the different types of cholesterol?
Cholesterol is one of several fatty substances found in the bloodstream. Your total cholesterol is made up mainly of LDL and HDL cholesterol.
LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) is often called “bad” cholesterol because it can build up in the walls of your arteries, forming plaque. Eventually this plaque buildup can lead to a
narrowing of the arteries. This narrowing can slow or block blood flow to vital organs such as the heart and brain. This blocking of blood flow can result in a heart attack or stroke and can cause other health problems.
HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) is often called “good” cholesterol because it helps keep the bad cholesterol from building up in the arteries and protects against heart disease.
Triglycerides are another form of fat in your blood that, in excess, may increase your risk for heart disease.