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A 39-year-old member asked:

What does someone's cholesterol level mean?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Risk factor: Elevated cholesterol is one of several modifiable risk factors for arteriosclerosis (others: smoking, blood pressure, activity). Some levels of cholesterol are associated with low risk, others, high - thus it's measured with a simple blood test.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What exactly does your cholesterol level mean?

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Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 30 years experience
Cholesterol level: Your total cholesterol measures the amount of cholesterol or fat in your blood. This gives your doctors an idea of your risk for heart attacks, or stroke or vascular disease. Usually the total cholesterol is broken down into different types of fat--triglycerides, high density lipoproteins and low density lipoproteins. The amount of these provides even more information about your risk.
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Last updated Oct 6, 2014
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