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What is a high cholesterol?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
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In brief: High cholesterol

High cholesterol usually refers to the amount of cholesterol found in a persons blood, and can be measured by laboratory tests.
When cholesterol measurement is above the normal range for that individual then it is generally called high cholesterol. Interpretation of the meaning of high levels in the blood requires a physician consultation and other testing to determine any health risk.

In brief: High cholesterol

High cholesterol usually refers to the amount of cholesterol found in a persons blood, and can be measured by laboratory tests.
When cholesterol measurement is above the normal range for that individual then it is generally called high cholesterol. Interpretation of the meaning of high levels in the blood requires a physician consultation and other testing to determine any health risk.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology
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In brief: Elevated Lipoprotein

Blood lipids (cholesterol and triglyceride) are carried in the blood inside lipoprotein particles.
High cholesterol occurs when cholesterol carried in various lipoprotein particles are abnormally increased. This most commonly occurs due to elevated low denisty lipoprotein (ldl) cholesterol, and to a lesser degree, elevated high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

In brief: Elevated Lipoprotein

Blood lipids (cholesterol and triglyceride) are carried in the blood inside lipoprotein particles.
High cholesterol occurs when cholesterol carried in various lipoprotein particles are abnormally increased. This most commonly occurs due to elevated low denisty lipoprotein (ldl) cholesterol, and to a lesser degree, elevated high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
Dr. William Cromwell
Dr. William Cromwell
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