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Why doesn't everybody with hypercholesterolemia get heart attacks?

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Clinical Lipidology
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In brief: All don't, but......

Everyone with hypercholesterolemia doesn't have a heart attack, but many do.
High levels of bad cholesterol (ldl-c) in the blood are a significant risk factor for heart attacks (via plaque [blockages] in the coronary arteries). Other risk factors include high blood, pressure, smoking, and many more. Having high ldl-c contributes to risk, but is not the only factor.

In brief: All don't, but......

Everyone with hypercholesterolemia doesn't have a heart attack, but many do.
High levels of bad cholesterol (ldl-c) in the blood are a significant risk factor for heart attacks (via plaque [blockages] in the coronary arteries). Other risk factors include high blood, pressure, smoking, and many more. Having high ldl-c contributes to risk, but is not the only factor.
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