I have heard of good and bad cholesterol. What is the difference?

This week's question was from Barbara in Chowchilla: I have heard of good and bad cholesterol. What is the difference?

Jeff Herr, Doctor of Pharmacy

Well, the bad cholesterol or LDL as it is called, circulates through the blood stream and sticks to the inside of the arteries. This causes a build up of cholesterol that in time can lead to a blood clot formation that can lead to a blockage, or a blood clot that breaks off of this area, and that can lead to a stroke. The good cholesterol, or HDL, circulates through the blood stream and actually removes the bad cholesterol from the arteries.

This is why it is important to not only know how high your total cholesterol is, but also how much of each type of cholesterol is in your blood. For more information, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Last Updated Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 04:45 AM.