HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is sometimes called "good" cholesterol. A high HDL level is linked with a lower risk of heart disease.
HDL may help lower the risk of heart disease in a couple of ways. HDL helps move cholesterol out of the body. HDL does this by binding with cholesterol in the bloodstream and carrying it back to the liver for disposal. HDL may also reduce inflammation that is linked with heart disease and heart attacks.
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Robert A. Kloner MD, PhD - Cardiology & Rakesh K. Pai MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine