High Cholesterol

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What is High Cholesterol?

You have this condition if there are high levels of cholesterol in the blood. There are three parts of cholesterol:

  • Low density lipoproteins (LDL)-known as bad cholesterol. It causes build up of cholesterol and other fats in the blood vessels. High LDL levels can cause artery and heart disease.
  • High density lipoproteins (HDL)-known as good cholesterol. It can remove cholesterol and other fats from the blood vessels. High levels of HDL can protect against heart disease.
  • Triglycerides-a common form of fat in the body. Often elevated in people with diabetes or certain genetic conditions.
  • Particles-proteins associated with certain types of cholesterols in the body. These may be a better signal about your risk of developing disease in the blood vessels.


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What It Is
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High Cholesterol Causes
Causes
What causes High Cholesterol? Learn what the medical community has uncovered.
High Cholesterol Risk Factors
Risk Factors
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High Cholesterol Diagnosis
Diagnosis
How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, process, and more.
High Cholesterol Symptoms
Symptoms
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High Cholesterol Complications
Complications
Can this condition lead to other health problems? Learn more about the known complications.

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Screening for High Cholesterol
Screening
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High Cholesterol Medications
Medications
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High Cholesterol Prevention
Prevention
How can you prevent High Cholesterol? Read what the medical community suggests for prevention methods.
High Cholesterol Treatment
Treatment
Can this condition be treated? What High Cholesterol treatment options are available?
High Cholesterol Care
Care
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High Cholesterol Doctors
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