Cholesterol blood tests are done to help assess your risk of developing heart disease or stroke. If your risk is high then
you will usually be advised to take a statin medicine to lower your cholesterol level. Lowering your cholesterol level reduces your risk, even if your cholesterol level is normal. Other factors that
can reduce your risk include: not smoking, choosing healthy foods, a low salt intake, regular physical activity, keeping your weight and waist size down and drinking alcohol in moderation. Ensuring
your blood pressure level is not raised (or taking medication to lower it if it is high) is also important.