Keep heart disease at bay with these cholesterol management tips. Learn why reducing your cholesterol levels is crucial to heart health.
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is produced by the body or derived from food. It is necessary for the body to function normally and build cell walls, though it takes only a small amount in the blood to meet those needs. Hence, it is important to learn how to manage cholesterol, as excess cholesterol is harmful to health.
Cholesterol is carried through one’s bloodstream by special proteins called lipoproteins. There are two types of lipoproteins. One is low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol, which will increase the build-up of fats in the arteries. The other is high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol, which removes cholesterol from the cells before being deposited as plaque in the arteries.
The goal is to keep your total cholesterol level as low as possible. Any excess cholesterol in the blood may be deposited in the arteries, including the coronary arteries. This build-up causes hardening and narrowing of the arteries, causing blood flow to the heart to be reduced or blocked. If there is insufficient blood and oxygen to the heart, one may experience chest pain. If the blood supply to a portion of the heart is completely cut off by a blockage, a heart attack may occur.
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This article was last reviewed on
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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