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High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia)
What is high cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy substance found only in foods that come from animals. It is also manufactured by the body in the liver. You need small amounts of cholesterol to make and maintain nerve cells and to manufacture natural hormones.
When you have too much cholesterol in your bloodstream it is called hypercholesterolemia, or high cholesterol. Hypercholesterolemia increases your risk of heart disease.
The two most important components of cholesterol are low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the so-called "bad" cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the "good" cholesterol. The goal of most cholesterol treatment is to decrease the LDL in your blood and to raise the HDL.
Then relevant question you should ask ?.....
How does high
Excess cholesterol causes deposits to form
inside blood vessels. These deposits, called plaque, are made of fats carried by
the bloodstream. Atherosclerosis, a condition in which blood vessels become
hardened and narrowed by the fatty deposits, may result. Atherosclerosis causes
decreased blood flow. Blood clots may form in these narrowed vessels and totally
stop blood flow. When this happens in the heart it causes a heart attack.
Atherosclerosis causes more deaths from heart disease than any other single