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Relationship Between High Blood Cholesterol Levels And Cardiovascular Disease
Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more
Does everyone with high cholesterol and high blood pressure automatically have coronary atherosclerosis?
No: Vascular diseases are multifactorial. However, not controlling your medical conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Can make you more prone to developing vascular problems, and clearly if you already have coronary or peripheral vascular disease, not managing these issues will lead to more rapid progression of the disease process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a type of fat that is necessary for a number of functions, it is part of cell membranes, sexual hormones and other necessary substances. It is present in the blood which transports it to various parts of the body, and it is also present in animals. Humans get into trouble by consuming too much cholesterol from animal fats or producing too much cholesterol from dietary fats. ...Read more
I have read that high cholesterol isn't correlated with heart disease and that triglyceride levels and blood pressure are better indicators. True?
False: All of the parameters of the lipid profile are significant. We look to have your total cholesterol under 180. The ldl-cholesterol should at least be below 100 and even lower if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease. Triglycerides should be below 150. The HDL fraction of cholesterol is beneficial to have at least over 39. ...Read more
High risk of injury: The main risk s of low blood sugars are injuries and brain damage.. Most of the body can switch to alternate energy sources if there is too little glucose in the blood. Brain cells, however, can only utilize glucose. Prolonged severe low sugars can cause seizures and permanent brain damage directly. Lows can also make the brain unable to help you prevent injuries (falls, car crashes). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Depending on which antibody for anticardiolipin and which lab that value may fall into the indeterminate range and not really be an issue. The c- reactive protein can be elevated with acute infection or chronic inflammation. The elevated calcium deserves repeat testing with some additional labs to evaluate the parathyroid glands. You need the help of your medical provider to sort out the relevance. ...Read more
Rhabdomyolysis: Statins can rarely cause rhabdomyolysis. Patients with this condition has aching muscles. It occurs when muscle is damaged to such an extent that cells themselves are damaged and die in large numbers. When they die, they release toxic substances including a substance called 'creatinine kinase' or 'creatinine phosphokinase. If you have muscle pain while taking statins, see your doctor quickly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Total cholesterol 257 with an LDL of 170 and HDL 65...perfect blood pressure and perfect blood sugar, on no meds,how much risk for heart disease?
See: New england journal of medicine article from 2006 under trans fatty acids and cardiovascular risk. ...Read more
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