There are different types of cholesterol…and high levels of some types can be bad

To check your cholesterol levels, your doctor will perform a simple blood test. If your doctor also performs a "lipoprotein profile" on the blood that is drawn, it will show your cholesterol measurements—or cholesterol numbers—for the different types of cholesterols and lipids in the body.

Your doctor will determine from your test numbers if you need to manage your cholesterol and the best way to accomplish that.

What is LDL, or bad, cholesterol?

Along with a number of other types of cholesterol, a lipoprotein profile will show your levels of LDL (or low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. Cholesterol itself is necessary for the body to build cells and create hormones. However, if there is too much cholesterol—specifically high levels of LDL cholesterol—the LDL cholesterol can build up in the walls of your arteries and prevent blood from circulating. Elevated levels of LDL cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. If enough LDL cholesterol builds up and stops the flow of blood to the heart, it can cause a heart attack, or a stroke can result if the flow of blood to the brain is stopped. LDL cholesterol is considered "bad" cholesterol because of these potentially fatal consequences.

What should my LDL (bad) cholesterol number be?

Since the body needs cholesterol to perform certain essential functions, you need some cholesterol. However, since too much LDL (bad) cholesterol can build up and prevent your blood from flowing properly through your arteries, your doctor will want you to keep your LDL (bad) cholesterol at a certain level. The table below shows it’s preferable that LDL (bad) cholesterol levels be at 100 mg/dL or lower.

LDL (Bad) Cholesterol Level LDL (Bad) Cholesterol Category
Less than 100 mg/dL Optimal or ideal
100-129 mg/dL Near optimal/above optimal
130-159 mg/dL Borderline high
160-189 mg/dL High
190 mg/dL and above Very high

What are triglycerides and how are they different from LDL (bad) cholesterol?

While cholesterol is important for many processes of the body, triglycerides are essential for calorie storage and as an energy source. However, high levels of triglycerides can lead to further production of LDL (bad) cholesterol particles, potentially increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Increased levels of triglycerides are often related to improper diet and lack of exercise, yet, on the other hand, elevated levels may be a sign of other conditions, such as obesity or metabolic syndrome—which is used to describe a group of conditions that include high blood pressure, high triglycerides, abnormal cholesterol levels, and too much fat around the midsection of the body. High triglycerides may also be indicative of type 2 diabetes that is not well controlled, low levels of thyroid hormones, liver disease, kidney disease, or rare genetic disorders that affect how the body converts fats into energy. Certain medications like birth control pills, beta blockers, diuretics, steroids, and beta blockers are also associated with elevated triglyceride levels.

If your triglyceride levels are borderline high (150 to 199 mg/dL), high (200 to 499 mg/dL), or very high (500 mg/dL or more), you’ll want to talk to your doctor about how to lower your number.

How can I get started reducing my LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels?

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Who is eligible?
Most patients are eligible. The Savings Card works with insurance (commercial or private), and also can be used by patients without insurance (cash-paying patients). The Savings Card can be used at retail pharmacy locations, as well as at mail-order pharmacies. Use of this Card does not create any obligation or involve any past or future purchase requirement. Please see eligibility criteria, along with offer terms, on the Savings Card.

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How does it work at retail pharmacies?

  1. If eligible, simply present your LIVALO Savings Card with your LIVALO prescription to your pharmacist.
  2. Then, pay as little as $18 a month for LIVALO. The Savings Card will save you on co-pay balances that exceed $18 (up to a maximum of $75 off of each 30-day supply). The Card does not have an expiration date or limit on refills. At some pharmacies, there may already be an offer for you that may automatically apply at checkout. If you believe you are eligible for savings and have any questions while at the pharmacy, call the LIVALO Savings Card Help Line at 1-877-264-2440.
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For 30-day supplies, coverage is the same as noted above. For 90-day supplies, the Savings Card will cover up to a maximum of $225 off per order. To get a rebate, go to patientrebateonline.com or call the LIVALO Savings Card Help Line at 1-877-264-2440.

If I’m eligible for the offer, are there instances when I’d pay more than $18?
For each 30-day supply, you will be responsible for $18, plus any amount that exceeds the $75 discount.

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