Cholesterol Personal Stories

Real patients share their experiences with lowering their cholesterol levels.

Lisa Ranson and her husband

My 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.


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