What’s Ailing You: Cholesterol

This week's What's Ailing You looks at high cholesterol and how it factors into the risk of getting a heart attack.

This week's What's Ailing You looks at high cholesterol and how it factors into the risk of getting a heart attack.

This week's What's Ailing You looks at high cholesterol and how it factors into the risk of getting a heart attack. (3/5/15)

FAIRFIELD - This week's What's Ailing You looks at high cholesterol and how it factors into the risk of having a heart attack.

Doctors say HDL, which is the good cholesterol, should be at least 40 milligrams. And bad cholesterol, LDL, should be less than 100 milligrams.

Dr. Steven Kunkes, of Fairfield-based Cardiac Specialists, says that a high level of bad cholesterol is only one risk for heart attacks. He says people also need to pay attention to blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

In addition, Dr. Kunkes says a "normal cholesterol" reading may not tell the whole story. He says that about 1,200 people in the United States who have “normal cholesterol” levels suffer from heart attacks every day.

News 12 is told that some doctors are requesting that their patients have a VAP profile, which is a specialized test of cholesterol that determines if you have one of the dangerous subdivisions in cholesterol levels.

News 12 Connecticut wants to know "What's Ailing You." You ask the medical question and we'll work to find you an expert's answer. Send your questions by way of Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WhatsAilingYou.

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