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Pathophysiology Of High Cholesterol
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
High cholesterol: Having high cholesterol results in the formation of plaque on the artery walls. It is natural to have damage to the arteries of the body and there is a usual repair process to correct the damage. With a high concentration of cholesterol, the repair process goes awry. Plaque forms, making the arteries stiff and vulnerable to a cakey buildup = blockage = heart attack, stroke or blocked leg vessel. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends.: If you are otherwise healthy, high cholesterol can be controlled with lifestyle changes alone, such as weight loss and exercise. However, if you have other diseases in addition to high cholesterol, such as diabetes or coronary artery disease, your doctor may recommend starting medication. Each patient is different, and should discuss their options with their doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I want to know the symptoms of having a high cholesterol and what is the best medicine for this. Thank you?
No symptoms--Niacin: There may be no symptoms. However, the safest, cheapest, most effective treatment for high cholesterol is niacin--vitamin b3. Niacin will lower total cholesterol, ldl, and triglycerides, and raise hdl. Only adverse effect is harmless (and transient--about 20 minuutes) flushing and itching, to which you will become accustomed with continued use. Dose required is 1, 500-2, 000 mg per day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Same as anyone: It's largely hereditary, there's a component of lack of exercise, and there are plenty of vegan foods that are loaded with the saturated fats that some folks say raise cholesterol. Despite all the rhetoric, the biggest studies have shown no advantage of vegetarians over other folks in longevity or any disease category when you control for the fact that they tend to have other healthy habits. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on Particles: Cholesterol is transported in the blood inside lipoprotein particles. After entry into the artery wall low density lipoprotein (ldl) particles directly promote atherosclerosis ("hardening of the arteries") and increase risk for heart attack and stroke. High density lipoprotein (HDL) particles work in several ways to decrease atherosclerosis. Ldl and HDL levels are needed to answer your question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
LDL Not Cholesterol: 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 down & accuracy up. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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