Is high cholesterol considered a form of heart or vessel disease?

Vessel problem. Cholesterol lines up on your artery wall builiding up slowly over time. Hard cholesterol forms plaques and eventually if it gets to be too much, the vessel narrows and you have a stroke or heart attack. Soft plaque can break off and clog off a narrowing causing the same problems. Eating well, exercising, medications and supplements can help.
No, but........ No, but elevated amounts of bad cholesterol (ldl-c) and/or triglycerides are significant risk factors for heart disease, vascular disease, and stroke. Low amounts of good cholesterol (hdl-c) are also a risk factor, even if the ldl-c and triglycerides are normal.

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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...

Is it true that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease and stroke?

Yes. High cholesterol (especially LDL - "bad cholesterol") is one of the risk factors for both stroke and heart disease. Others include high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes. High cholesterol can be corrected by healthy diet or medication. Read more...

Does smoking contribute to high cholesterol. I know it increases the chances of heart disease

Smoking . Smoking has so many bad effects it's hard to know where to start, even with a specific question such as this one. Levels of the good cholestero (HDL) are reduced by smoking. Hdl is the cholesterol that keeps your blood vessels open and clear of plaque. The bad cholesterol (ldl) is increased by smoking. Ldl cholesterol clogs up the circulation. Whats more, the combination of the two risk factors-- smoking + high cholesterol multiplies the risk of heart disease and stroke. 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...

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...

Has it been scientifically proven that high cholesterol is dangerous? Is there a proven link between high cholesterol and heart disease?

Depends on how high. The Framingham Study, the seminal research study on heart disease, done in the late 80's called into question the focus on cholesterol. A recent British journal of Medicine review did the same and indicated limited value of statins. It appears that cholesterol over 250 along with diabetes and elevated triglycerides is extremely dangerous. Other than that, not confirmed scientifically. Read more...

Guidlines for starting a workout program at age 45. I have high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease?

Caution but optimism. A visit to your internist for a baseline evaluation (history, physical, labs) will determine how quickly you can ramp up to vigorous exercise. Most mds will err on the side of "caution." but, that's good! you'll be protected, feel confident and excited to move forward! Read more...

Being overweight and borderline high cholesterol for 43yr old male with no other heart disease risk tried diet exercise, do I need to start medicatio?

Hard question. More history is needed as well as the measurements of your cholesterol. Risk factors include male gender, age >50, family history of heart disease, presence of diabetes, smoking. Cholesterol values depend on coronary artery disease risk. Send the values and answer these ?, and then you can be further counseled. Read more...

I am 23 years, 7 months pregnant with my second baby. I have very high cholesterol and rheumatic heart disease, am I in danger?

Check up needed. Cholesterol is not the issue If rheumatic hear disease is documented with valve disease mitral stenosis and aortic valve disease evaluation by cardiologist - echo cardiogram would help to guide you. Read more...