Cholesterol Personal Stories

Updated:Jul 5,2017
Personally speaking - stories of cholesterol
Real patients share their experiences with lowering their cholesterol levels.

Lisa and husbandMy Number was 350: Lisa Ranson
“I had no idea what cholesterol was or what impact having high cholesterol could have on me,” she recalled. It wasn’t long before she found out. Within two years she was diagnosed with heart disease and had open-heart surgery for a double bypass. Read more about Lisa's story.

Cholesterol in the Family
Bill Linsman describes his experience with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). This inherited disorder produces high cholesterol earlier in life than it would normally appear. Read more about FH and Bill's story.

Linda Peña
Growing up on the U.S.-Mexico border, Linda Peña never thought twice about the cholesterol-laden fried beef tacos that were a staple in her family. Find out what changed her mind.


Elaine McCracken
If Elaine McCracken hadn't been diagnosed with focal myocarditis, she wouldn't have realized that her binge eating and lack of exercise was literally killing her. "I hate to exercise, but if I want to be around to see my kids grow up, I've got to stick with it." Read Elaine's story.

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