What is high cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and in many foods. Your body needs cholesterol to function normally and makes all that you need. You can end up with too much cholesterol because of the foods you eat and the rate at which your body breaks down cholesterol.
Excess cholesterol can build up in your arteries. After a while, the deposits narrow your arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke.
What are symptoms of high cholesterol?
High cholesterol itself does not have symptoms. As a result, many people do not know that their cholesterol level is too high.
Doctors can do simple blood tests to check your cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, your doctor may prescribe various treatments depending on your risk for developing heart disease.
What can you do about high cholesterol?
You can take several steps to keep your cholesterol normal:
If you have high cholesterol, your doctor may prescribe medications in addition to lifestyle changes. Talk with your health care provider about the best ways to reduce your heart disease risk.
What are the different types of cholesterol?
What levels of cholesterol are healthy?
How many Americans have high cholesterol?
Approximately one in every six adults—17% of the U.S. adult population—has high blood cholesterol.1 Anyone, including children, can develop high cholesterol. It greatly increases the risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
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