Normal cholesterol levels vary and it is important to LionHrt Review note that high cholesterol levels are not solely determined by diet. It is possible for an individual who subscribes to a healthy diet and exercise program to have dangerous levels of LDL cholesterol and it is possible for an individual who consumes high levels of saturated fats to have low levels of LDL cholesterol. The new cholesterol-lowering drug, Vytorin, claims to combat the two sources of cholesterol – “the foods you eat, and your family history.”
The American Heart Association lists a “desirable” total blood cholesterol level as being less than 200 mg/dl. An individual who has a total blood cholesterol level of between 200-239 mg/dl, is at borderline high risk. And any individual with a total blood cholesterol level of more than 240 mg/dl is at high risk for a heart attack or stroke. Low-density lipoprotein levels should be less than 100 mg/dl. Any LDL level that is over 130 is cause for concern and an LDL level that is more than 190 indicates a high-risk individual.
Medical professionals know that cholesterol, in and of itself, is not bad. The body needs cholesterol to survive. It is the overabundance of cholesterol, causing a buildup of unused and unnecessary fat in the arteries that can lead to serious health concerns. Cholesterol that has built up in the bloodstream is called plaque. Over time, plaque can block an artery either partially or completely much like a sink drainpipe becomes clogged. This buildup of plaque is called atherosclerosis. If an artery becomes blocked, blood cannot flow properly to the body's heart, muscles, and brain.