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Is high cholesterol considered a cause of heart disease?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for atherosclerosis.

In brief: Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for atherosclerosis.
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Dr. Howard Rubin
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It's a risk factor. Smoking, hypertension, diabetes, age, and family history of premature heart disease are also risk factors.

In brief: Yes

It's a risk factor. Smoking, hypertension, diabetes, age, and family history of premature heart disease are also risk factors.
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No, Lipoproteins are

Cholesterol, made by every animal cell, has long been promoted by the NIH as a surrogate marker for Low Density Lipoproteins because of correlation if cholesterol >350 mg/dL, yet ?ingly unreliable when lower. LDL particles carry 3 to 6,000 fat molecules/particle & are NOT equivalent to cholesterol.
Thus focus on NMR lipoprotein concentrations & avoid low fat diet which routinely drives LDL? & HDL?

In brief: No, Lipoproteins are

Cholesterol, made by every animal cell, has long been promoted by the NIH as a surrogate marker for Low Density Lipoproteins because of correlation if cholesterol >350 mg/dL, yet ?ingly unreliable when lower. LDL particles carry 3 to 6,000 fat molecules/particle & are NOT equivalent to cholesterol.
Thus focus on NMR lipoprotein concentrations & avoid low fat diet which routinely drives LDL? & HDL?
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Inflammation

It is the amount of damage in vessel wall due to inflammation that creates risk - cholesterol is used by body to repair vessels - having good cholesterol is good (works like joint compound for sealing dry wall) - the bad cholesterol like LDL and lipoprotein a creates risk.
High cholesterol means your liver and gall bladder is not converting cholesterol to bile need b6 to normalize this.

In brief: Inflammation

It is the amount of damage in vessel wall due to inflammation that creates risk - cholesterol is used by body to repair vessels - having good cholesterol is good (works like joint compound for sealing dry wall) - the bad cholesterol like LDL and lipoprotein a creates risk.
High cholesterol means your liver and gall bladder is not converting cholesterol to bile need b6 to normalize this.
Dr. Vasu Brown
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