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Is high cholesterol considered a form of heart or vessel disease?

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 more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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High Cholesterol (Definition)

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


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Is it true that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease and stroke?

Is it true that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease and stroke?

Yes: High cholesterol (especially LDL - "bad cholesterol") is one of the risk factors for both stroke and heart disease. Others include high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes. High cholesterol can be corrected by healthy diet or medication. ...Read more

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Can high cholesterol cause heart disease?

Can high cholesterol cause heart disease?

Yes: High cholesterol (mainly the ldl) is a risk factor for development of coronary artery disease. It is most important in patients with other "risk factors" like diabetes, smoking, hypertension, family history & obesity. ...Read more

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What percentage of people with high cholesterol get heart disease?

What percentage of people with high cholesterol get heart disease?

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 more

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Guidlines for starting a workout program at age 45. I have high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease?

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

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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?

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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I am 23 years, 7 months pregnant with my second baby. I have very high cholesterol and rheumatic heart disease, am I in danger?

I am 23 years, 7 months pregnant with my second baby. I have very high cholesterol and rheumatic heart disease, am I in danger?

Check up needed: Cholesterol is not the issue If rheumatic hear disease is documented with valve disease mitral stenosis and aortic valve disease evaluation by cardiologist - echo cardiogram would help to guide you ...Read more

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I am a healthy, fit, 47 year-old man with high cholesterol, good family history for heart disease, bad for diabetes. Should I take a statin?

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I am a healthy, fit, 47 year-old man with high cholesterol, good family history for heart disease, bad for diabetes.  Should I take a statin?

Not first: Stain treatment is not the only choice, you have good family history for heart disase but bad for diabetes, the firs thing for the high cholesterol is the a balanced diet and regular exercise. Statin have a bad effect on the metabolism of blood sugar. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Mays
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Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

Hypercholesterolemia is the condition of having a high cholesterol ...Read more