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Is High Cholesterol Considered A Form Of Heart Or Vessel Disease
Vessel problem: Cholesterol lines up on your artery wall builiding up slowly over time. Hard cholesterol forms plaques and eventually if it gets to be too much, the vessel narrows and you have a stroke or heart attack. Soft plaque can break off and clog off a narrowing causing the same problems. Eating well, exercising, medications and supplements can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cholesterol, a fat made by all our cells, has never been the correct issue but was promoted because (as a fat within all lipoprotein particles) it was cheaper to measure & if very high (esp. Fasting) tended to correlate with high LDL particle concentrations. In the later 1970's lipoprotein measurements cost $5, 000/sample. The NMR particle test, <$100, brought the LDL costs way ...Read more
small vessel disease: Risk factors for small vessel disease include: tobacco use, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, unhealthy diet inactive lifestyle, diabetes, being female, an estrogen deficiency (in women), polycystic ovarian syndrome increasing age, older than 45 in men and older than 55 in women. ...Read more
Depends: Dear jaguar, this is a great question. It all comes down to how many other risk factors someone has for heart disease, including smoking, diabetes, hypertension, obesity (the modifiable risk factors), and age and male gender (unmodifiable risk factors). The more risk factors someone has, the higher their risk of heart disease; high cholesterol is one component of comprehensive risk assessment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Guidlines for starting a workout program at age 45. I have high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease?
Caution but optimism: A visit to your internist for a baseline evaluation (history, physical, labs) will determine how quickly you can ramp up to vigorous exercise. Most mds will err on the side of "caution." but, that's good! you'll be protected, feel confident and excited to move forward! ...Read more
Being overweight and borderline high cholesterol for 43yr old male with no other heart disease risk tried diet exercise , do I need to start medicatio?
Hard question: More history is needed as well as the measurements of your cholesterol. Risk factors include male gender, age >50, family history of heart disease, presence of diabetes, smoking. Cholesterol values depend on coronary artery disease risk. Send the values and answer these ?, and then you can be further counseled. ...Read more
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