According to the American Heart Association, hypercholesterolemia refers to high levels of blood cholesterol, a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. To prevent or treat unhealthy cholesterol levels, people can make diet and lifestyle changes, and for some, these changes may be enough. For others, medication may also be needed. Your doctor can assess your risk for a heart attack or stroke based on your cholesterol levels and other risk factors. From there, you can work with your doctor to develop a treatment and prevention plan that's right for you.

Any decision about treatment should be the result of you working with your doctor to decide the best preventive strategy.

Talk to your doctor about your care or any questions you may have.

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