Why is it so important to reach your target cholesterol levels? Because effective cholesterol treatment saves lives! Lowering cholesterol helps reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and death due to heart disease. Heart disease is the number 2 killer in Canada (second only to cancer), causing almost 30% of all deaths.

For every 1.0 mmol/L decrease in your LDL-C levels, your risk of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease falls by 20% to 25%. For this reason, it's important to reduce your LDL cholesterol levels as much as possible: the lower the better!

How low should you go? Read Setting goals to learn more about which cholesterol levels to aim for. Talk to your doctor to discuss your treatment goals and how to evaluate the success of your treatment.