Cholesterol

Your GP may have signposted you to this page to help you understand what your numbers mean & suggests lifestyle changes to help 

  • Total cholesterol - the overall amount of cholesterol in your blood, including both "good" and "bad" - Healthy level 5 or below 
  • Good cholesterol (called HDL) - this makes you less likely to have heart problems or a stroke - Healthy level 1 or above 
  • Bad cholesterol (non-HDL) i.e total cholesterol minus HDL - this makes you more likely to have heart problems or a stroke - Healthy level 4 or below 

To find out more about what high cholesterol means please visit Heart UK

To lower your cholesterol with lifestyle changes please visit Heart UK healthy living

Your GP may advise statin medication if your calculated cardiovascular disease risk is >10% over the next 10 years, have established cardiovascular disease or have a particular condition that increases your risk. If this is case then your GP will have signposted you to the 'Statin Guidance' page 

Heart UK cholesterol helpline 0345 450 5988 (Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm) or email ask@heartuk.org.uk