Cholesterol in the arteries can block normal blood flow to the brain, causing a stroke. That's one reason to watch your cholesterol. Ideal total cholesterol is 200. Once you hit 240, you're at higher risk for stroke. It's especially important to ask your doctor about your very low-density lipoprotein—VLDL—levels. High levels of VLDL cholesterol are associated with developing plaque deposits
on artery walls, which can narrow the artery, restricting blood flow. 'Eat a healthy diet; limiting the amounts of saturated fats and trans fats is very important,' says Dr. Hussain. 'Due to the beneficial fats in fish, eating fish twice a week is recommended.' In addition cut back on sugar and refined carbohydrates, as eating more of these than you burn can lead to excessive amounts of triglycerides and high levels of VLDL. Finally, daily exercise is also essential. Keep in close collaboration with your doctor in regards to medication and diet to lower cholesterol Dr. Hussain says. Here's what doctors do to lower their cholesterol.