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LDL cholesterol is known as the “bad” cholesterol because having high levels can lead to plaque buildup in your arteries and result in heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States. It makes up the majority of the body’s cholesterol.
There are no signs or symptoms of high LDL cholesterol, so it’s important to get your cholesterol checked. If your LDL is high, your doctor may recommend changes in diet and activity habits to control it.