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Is it fat or cholesterol that clogs arteries?
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Dr. Maureen Mays
Clinical Lipidology
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In brief: It's several things
Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a complex process.
The majority of a plaque ("blockage") is made up of cholesterol and triglycerides that come packaged in ldl-cholesterol particles. Although we say ldl-cholesterol, there is triglyceride also. The plaque also contains many white blood cells which turn into immobile cells called foam cells. The plaque is an area of inflammation.

In brief: It's several things
Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a complex process.
The majority of a plaque ("blockage") is made up of cholesterol and triglycerides that come packaged in ldl-cholesterol particles. Although we say ldl-cholesterol, there is triglyceride also. The plaque also contains many white blood cells which turn into immobile cells called foam cells. The plaque is an area of inflammation.
Dr. Maureen Mays
Dr. Maureen Mays
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Dr. Nathan Ritter
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Chokesterol
Cholesterol is mostly made in the liver out of fat that you eat, saturated fat generally increases LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) more than other fats.
Bad saturated fat is in red meat, butter, cheese, animal fat of any sort. Check out my website CardioGauge.com for heart health education. Good luck!

In brief: Chokesterol
Cholesterol is mostly made in the liver out of fat that you eat, saturated fat generally increases LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) more than other fats.
Bad saturated fat is in red meat, butter, cheese, animal fat of any sort. Check out my website CardioGauge.com for heart health education. Good luck!
Dr. Nathan Ritter
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
In brief: LDL, not Cholesterol
Neither: cholesterol: fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell, building block of each cell membrane (enables membrane fluidity/movement without tearing), is fundamental to the survival of every animal cell.
Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. Ldl ?700 nmol/l, HDL ?45 µmol/l). Cholesterol ?$, but misleading.

In brief: LDL, not Cholesterol
Neither: cholesterol: fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell, building block of each cell membrane (enables membrane fluidity/movement without tearing), is fundamental to the survival of every animal cell.
Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. Ldl ?700 nmol/l, HDL ?45 µmol/l). Cholesterol ?$, but misleading.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Unfortunately, some of the answers offered to this question are quite misleading, categorically incorrect; contrary to scientific evidence, especially the one offered by Dr. Ritter, though similar ideas have long been promoted by the medical disease industry.
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