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What kinds of problems are caused by high cholesterol?

What kinds of problems are caused by high cholesterol?

High cholesterol may cause atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which can lead to narrowed coronary arteries to the heart and chest pain (angina) or heart attack. Narrowed carotid arteries that supply blood to the brain may cause a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke (CVA). Narrowed arteries to the legs can cause pain with walking (claudication) which is a …

How is cholesterol checked?

How is cholesterol checked?

Cholesterol screening is part of a blood test called a lipoprotein analysis that measures not only total cholesterol in the body but also different types of cholesterol and triglycerides(another type of fat in the body). Total cholesterol is made up two types of cholesterol; High density lipoproteins (HDL) which may protect the body against narrowing blood vessels …

At What Age Should People Begin Having Their Cholesterol Checked?

At What Age Should People Begin Having Their Cholesterol Checked?

It is important to have your cholesterol level checked when you are young, since clogging of the arteries (atherosclerosis) is a gradual process that takes many years. Total cholesterol should be measured at least every five years starting at age 20. Note: If you have high cholesterol and your doctor has told you there may …

What Can I Do To Lower My Cholesterol Levels?

What Can I Do To Lower My Cholesterol Levels?

You can lower your cholesterol levels by making changes to your lifestyle. Here are some tips. Eat foods with less fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Take off the skin and fat from meat, poultry and fish. Broil, bake, roast, or poach instead of frying foods. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables everyday. Eat lots of cereals, breads, …