Is high cholesterol related to heart disase?

Yes. Cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for arteriosclerosis, which is building of plaques in the vessels, which could lead to heart disease or the dislodging of the plaque could cause Mycocardial infarction by blocking an artery that supplies the heart, or lead to embolism to the heart. Other risk factors include diabetics, HTN, age and smoking.
Yes. Cholesterol is one of the risk factors. Not everyone with high cholesterol gets heart disease and not everyone who has heart disease has high cholesterol. Please review the information at the site given below. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/resources/heart/heart-cholesterol-hbc-what-html.htm.
It is a risk factor. See: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/Cholesterol_UCM_001089_SubHomePage.jsp.

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Is it possible to remove fat from the heart caused high cholesterol?

CAD. I am assuming you are talking about atheromatous plague formation at the coronary arteries. If the occlusion becomes symptomatic like unstable angina percutaneous vs open heart techniques can be use to open up the artery. If stable angina without a critical/severe stenosis an option will be medications like blood thinners(plavix (clopidogrel) an/or aspirin) and statins drugs(like lipitor). Of lifestyle changes. Read more...

have had a physical recently and it was good I am 24 and have slightly high cholesterol. I have been having this tightening in my chest, not my heart?

Very unlikely. It is unlikely that the tightness in your chest is due to heart disease. Are you able to do daily tasks without worsening of the feeling? Are you short of breath with activity you were able to tolerate? It would be a good idea to consult your doctor and start exercising on a regular basis. 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...

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...

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...

Can a statin be used I for heart problems other than high cholesterol?

No. Heart problems come in a lot of varieties like rhythm and rate irregularities, damage to the heart muscle it self, infections and many other causes. A statin is not indicated for these problems only as an adjunct to lower lipids that contribute to arterial blockage. Read more...