High Blood Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of the body.

The body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help to digest foods. Ther body makes all the cholesterol it needs. However, cholesterol also is found in some of the foods we eat.

Cholesterol travels through ther bloodstream in small packages called lipoproteins

These packages are made of fat (lipid) on the inside and proteins on the outside.

Two kinds of lipoproteins carry cholesterol throughout our body: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Having healthy levels of both types of lipoproteins is important.

LDL cholesterol sometimes is called “bad” cholesterol. A high LDL level leads to a buildup of cholesterol in our arteries. (Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from our heart to our body.)

HDL cholesterol sometimes is called “good” cholesterol. This is because it carries cholesterol from other parts of our body back to our liver. The r liver removes the cholesterol from the body.

High Blood Cholesterol

High blood cholesterol is a condition in which you have too much cholesterol in your blood. By itself, the condition usually has no signs or symptoms. Thus, many people don’t know that their cholesterol levels are too high.

People who have high blood cholesterol have a greater chance of getting coronary heart disease, also called coronary artery disease

The higher the level of LDL cholesterol in your blood, the GREATER your chance is of getting heart disease. The higher the level of HDL cholesterol in your blood, the LOWER your chance is of getting heart disease.

Coronary heart disease is a condition in which plaque (plak) builds up inside the coronary (heart) arteries. Plaque is made up of cholesterol, fat, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis

Over time, plaque hardens and narrows your coronary arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle.

Eventually, an area of plaque can rupture (break open). This causes a blood clot to form on the surface of the plaque. If the clot becomes large enough, it can mostly or completely block blood flow through a coronary artery.

If the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle is reduced or blocked, angina may occur

Angina is chest pain or discomfort. It may feel like pressure or squeezing in your chest. The pain also may occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. Angina pain may even feel like indigestion.

A heart attack occurs if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die. Without quick treatment, a heart attack can lead to serious problems and even death.

How to know the high cholestrol level in blood

Because of the lack of symptoms associated with high cholesterol, a good way to tell if your cholesterol is high is by taking a cholesterol test. This is a simple blood test that will measure the levels of lipids, or fats, in the blood.If the level is high proper medication and changes in lifestyle assist to reduce the high cholestrol

Life style changes.

Losing weight
Increasing the physical activity
Modify your diet:
Stop smoking

Good for cholesterol:

olive oil
rapeseed oil
fresh tuna

Best wishes,

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