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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...

Is it true that high cholesterol causes coronary heart disease. Where is it?

Yes. Cholesterol is a substance present in various forms in your blood, as various amounts of salt might be present in water. High cholesterol increases the risk of atherosclerosis, with narrowing of and possible sudden clotting of the coronary and other arteries. Other factor also contribute. Our greater average longevity today is due largely to control of cholesterol and other risk factors. Read more...

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...
When combined with.. Cholesterol clearly plays a role in the development of cardiovascular disease but its role has been exaggerated. Half of those with heart disease do not have high cholesterol & many with high cholesterol do not get heart disease. The biggest cause is inflammation. See http://www.Sott.Net/article/242516-heart-surgeon-speaks-out-on-what-really-causes-heart-disease & my comment:. Read more...

What percentage of people with high cholesterol get heart disease?

Most. Remember heart disease is far & away #1 killer of men & women in U.S. So it's prevalent. This increases as we age ...The question is how severe does it become. 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 more...

Is high cholesterol considered a cause of heart disease?

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

Has it been scientifically proven that high cholesterol is dangerous? Is there a proven link between high cholesterol and heart disease?

Depends on how high. The Framingham Study, the seminal research study on heart disease, done in the late 80's called into question the focus on cholesterol. A recent British journal of Medicine review did the same and indicated limited value of statins. It appears that cholesterol over 250 along with diabetes and elevated triglycerides is extremely dangerous. Other than that, not confirmed scientifically. Read more...

Does smoking contribute to high cholesterol. I know it increases the chances of heart disease

Smoking . Smoking has so many bad effects it's hard to know where to start, even with a specific question such as this one. Levels of the good cholestero (HDL) are reduced by smoking. Hdl is the cholesterol that keeps your blood vessels open and clear of plaque. The bad cholesterol (ldl) is increased by smoking. Ldl cholesterol clogs up the circulation. Whats more, the combination of the two risk factors-- smoking + high cholesterol multiplies the risk of heart disease and stroke. Read more...

I have a family history of high cholesterol and heart disease. What test can I request to learn if my arteries are narrowing?

More than one test. You should see your doctor for a comprehensive evaluation as no single test is good enough. The tests incluse, fasting lipids, fasting glucose, high sensitivity c-reactive protein, ultrasound examination of arteries in the neck, scan to detect calcium in coronary arteries and more. Discuss the issue with your doctor for proper selection of tests. Read more...