High Cholesterol: Overview
High cholesterol is an increased level of substances called “cholesterol” in the blood. There are different types including High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), which is known as the “good cholesterol”, and “Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), which is known as the “bad cholesterol”. High cholesterol usually has no symptoms and is detected by blood test. High levels of cholesterol are a risk factor for atherosclerosis (arteriosclerosis) and heart disease. There are many widely used prescription medications for the reduction of cholesterol levels.
- Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is the narrowing and hardening of the arteries. It is related to high cholesterol (and high triglycerides). Strictly speaking ... More on Atherosclerosis »
- Arteriosclerosis: Arteriosclerosis is the hardening of the artery wells. In medical terminology, atheroma is the narrowing of the arteries (due to ... More on Arteriosclerosis »
- Heart Disease: Heart Disease, also called Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), refers to any condition of the heart or its major blood vessels. There ... More on Heart Disease »
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