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How could hdl and ldl lead to coronary heart disease?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
HDL good, LDL bad: Hdl and LDL refer to high (or low) density lipoproteins. These are part of how the body transports fats and cholesterol in our blood. Hdl carries cholesterol to the liver to be broken down while LDL deposits cholesterol in the walls of your blood vessels, causing coronary artery disease and a host of other problems. The goal is to raise HDL and lower LDL for optimal heart health.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Atherogenic: High LDL and low HDL both promote the development and progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) which is the cause of blocked arteries in chd.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What can lead to coronary heart disease?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Lots of things: Among the more preventable causes of heart disease are smoking, being overweight, type 2 diabetes, poor exercise and eating habits, high cholesterol and excessive alcohol intake. If you have a family history of heart disease then you need to be especially careful to manage these risk factors. The american heart association has some great resources at www.Heart.Org.
Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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