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Cholesterol and Heart Attack

What Are the Risk Factors?

Besides high cholesterol, certain factors put you at a higher risk for a heart attack, such as if you:
The more risk factors for a heart attack you have, the lower your cholesterol needs to be. In fact, your healthcare provider will likely recommend treatment for you at a lower cholesterol level than someone who doesn't have any heart disease risk factors.
(Click Heart Attack Risk to calculate your 10-year risk for a heart attack.)

Reducing Your Risk

The good news from recent studies is that the progress of atherosclerosis may be stopped by lowering cholesterol. In some cases, it may even be reversed. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider regularly about heart attacks, cholesterol, and other heart disease risk factors.
(Click Lowering Cholesterol to Prevent Heart Disease to learn more about what these cholesterol research studies have found about heart disease risk factors and how a person can reduce his or her risk. You can also click Reducing Cholesterol to learn how to lower cholesterol.)
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