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The Good, the Bad and the Triglycerides

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The Good, the Bad and the Triglycerides

Now that we know what cholesterol is, we can learn what types of cholesterol exist within our bodies.

Once again, we look to the American Heart Association for The Good, the Bad and the Triglycerides.

Cholesterol: The good and the bad

Two types of lipoproteins carry cholesterol to and from cells. One is low-density lipoprotein, or LDL. The other is high-density lipoprotein, or HDL. A blood test can measure the amount of each type of cholesterol in your blood.

LDL (bad) cholesterol

LDL cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol, because it contributes to fatty buildups in arteries (atherosclerosis). This narrows the arteries and increases the risk for heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease (PAD).

HDL (good) cholesterol

HDL cholesterol can be thought of as the “good” cholesterol because a healthy level may protect against heart attack and stroke.

HDL carries LDL (bad) cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where the LDL is broken down and passed from the body. But HDL cholesterol doesn't completely eliminate LDL cholesterol. Only one-third to one-fourth of blood cholesterol is carried by HDL.


Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in the body. They store excess energy from your diet.

A high triglyceride level combined with high LDL (bad) cholesterol or low HDL (good) cholesterol is linked with fatty buildups within the artery walls, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.


For more information and tips on preventing high cholesterol, check out our other blog, “Cholesterol 101” and dive into these heart healthy recipes for the holiday season or any season!



If you are concerned about your heart health, please contact your healthcare provider and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our team of highly skilled, board certified cardiologists, Dr. Shah and Dr. Stamato are here to care for patients quickly and compassionately.

Visit our website to learn more about our Cardiovascular Services.


If you experience sudden or alarming symptoms involving your heart, call 9 1 1.



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