Getting to know your cholesterol basics

Cholesterol is essential for many processes in the body; however, too much cholesterol is not good and can build up in your arteries, which may lead to a heart attack or stroke. Understanding the role cholesterol plays in your heart health can help you make smart decisions when trying to manage your cholesterol. For some people, modifying their diet and increasing their physical activity may not be enough to lower cholesterol levels. If this is the case for you, your doctor may also recommend taking a statin, like LIVALO.

Cholesterol comes from 2 main sources

Some cholesterol is produced by your liver, while other cholesterol comes from the food you eat.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that can be found in every cell of the body.

Why is cholesterol important?

Your body makes cholesterol because it keeps cells healthy and it’s needed for absorbing and producing substances the body requires, like bile acids, steroids, hormones, and vitamin D.

How does cholesterol move through your body?

Cholesterol moves through your bloodstream in small particles called lipoproteins.

How is cholesterol measured?

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), adults age 20 and older should have their cholesterol checked every 4 to 6 years. Your doctor will give you a simple blood test to check your cholesterol levels. If your doctor also performs a "lipoprotein profile," it will show your cholesterol measurements—or cholesterol numbers—for the different types of cholesterols and lipids in the body. For accurate results, you may have to fast (not eat or drink) for about 9 to 12 hours before the test. Your doctor will determine from your test results if you need to manage your cholesterol and the best way to accomplish that.

What should my cholesterol measurements be?

Since there are different types of cholesterol that will be measured with a cholesterol checkup, there are different numbers that are considered good or ideal, depending on the type of cholesterol. However, your total cholesterol measurement should be less than
200 mg/dL.

Total Cholesterol Level Category
Less than 200 mg/dL Desirable or normal
200-239 mg/dL Borderline high
240 mg/dL and above High

If your total cholesterol number is above 200 mg/dL, you will want to talk to your doctor about how you can get that number lower.

In order to get your total cholesterol number lower, your doctor will also consider the measurements for your other types of cholesterol, which include:

It’s not only your total cholesterol number that matters. Your LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol are also important numbers to consider.

How can I improve my cholesterol levels?

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Savings Card Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Who is not eligible?
You are not eligible if your prescriptions are paid by any state or federally funded programs, such as (but not limited to) Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, VA, DOD, or TriCare; or where prohibited by law. See complete eligibility criteria, along with offer terms, on the Savings Card.

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.
  3. It’s a good idea to keep your Savings Card with you. Do not leave it with the pharmacy.

How does it work at mail-order pharmacies?
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.

What if I still have questions?
Call the LIVALO Savings Card Help Line at 1-877-264-2440 with questions.