Cholesterol

We need cholesterol in our blood to stay healthy, it's when it gets too high that it's a problem. High cholesterol can lead to health problems in the future, and the only way to know you have it is to get a cholesterol test.

Some people will need treatments to manage their cholesterol

There are different types of medicines and treatments available to help you manage the amount of cholesterol and other fats in your blood.

Statins are the most widely used medicine, but there are other types too. They all tend to work best when you eat well and keep active.

You might be referred to a lipid clinic where experts in blood fats can find the best treatment for you.

Learn more about treatments

Find specialist services on our interactive lipid clinic map

Lipid clinic map

 

There are many different conditions related to high cholesterol and blood fats

We have lots of free booklets and factsheets that you can download

Booklets and factsheets

 

Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is the most common inherited condition

FH is an inherited condition which means that it’s passed through your family. It’s caused by a problem with one or more of your genes.

FH can affect the whole family

FH is an inherited condition, which means that parents can pass the gene on to their children. It’s natural to feel worried and have lots of questions and we have lots of information on how to live a healthy life.

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