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Can high cholesterol cause heart disease?

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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Martin Bress
Dr. Martin Bress
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes...

Absolutely. It is a known risk factor.

In brief: Yes...

Absolutely. It is a known risk factor.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: 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:.

In brief: 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:.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
My point is that high cholesterol without inflammation may not cause a problem, and with significant inflammation even normal cholesterol can contribute to heart disease. Cholesterol is more an innocent bystander than the cause of the problem. Also see http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/October/Cholesterol-Myth-What-Really-Causes-Heart-Disease/ and http://www.spacedoc.com/cholesterol_articles
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