If you don't know where you are going, how will you get there? Research shows that people who know their goals, follow their cholesterol levels over time, and keep track of their progress tend to stick to their treatment.

Do you know your treatment goals? Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do I know what I'm trying to achieve with my cholesterol treatment? In other words, do I know which tests my doctor is following, and what targets I am aiming for?
  2. Do I understand my treatment plan, including which medications I should be taking, how to use them, and what lifestyle changes to make?
  3. Do I know how often I should be having my cholesterol checked? Do I need any other medical tests?
  4. Do I know how close I am to meeting my treatment goals?

If you answer "No" to any of these questions, talk to your doctor to discuss your treatment goals and learn how to evaluate the success of your treatment. You can also read Setting goals and Tracking your progress to learn more about treatment goals.