Q. If my cholesterol is high does that mean I have heart disease?
A. “Not necessarily, but your chances of having heart disease are considerably higher than if your cholesterol levels were in a normal range. One important thing is to find out whether your cholesterol level is high due to your LDL (bad) or your HDL (good) cholesterol levels. If your LDL cholesterol levels are high, we recommend modifying your lifestyle first to get them within a normal range. If those changes don’t work well enough, then pharmacological treatment may be necessary. Dietary changes alone are not always enough for everyone.”