Women Need More Cholesterol 101

Published Online: Saturday, October 1, 2005

The CholesterALL Survey of 2700 women found that many do not known the difference between low-density lipoprotein (LDL; "bad") cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL; "good") cholesterol. Furthermore, 25% of the respondents had experienced a heart attack or stroke, have diabetes, or have cardiovascular disease. The on-line survey found the following:

  • 81% of the respondents were unable to name their HDL or LDL numbers
  • 84% of the respondents could not name their triglyceride levels
  • 59% of the respondents did not know that HDL is the "good" cholesterol and that LDL is the "bad" cholesterol
  • 82% of the respondents who reported taking a prescription medication to raise their HDL reported that they were taking a statin

"The survey findings tell us that something has been lost in the dialogue about cholesterol disorders in women. There is a lack of knowledge and understanding that there are different types of cholesterol and different ways to address each," said Suzanne Hughes, RN, MSN, past president of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.

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