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Cholesterol Management - What it is

Cholesterol Management

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 is used to build cell walls, though it takes only a small amount of in the blood to meet those needs. The 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 they are 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, heart attack may occur.

Cholesterol Management - Symptoms

Cholesterol Management - How to prevent?

Cholesterol Management - Causes and Risk Factors

Cholesterol Management - Diagnosis

Cholesterol Management - Treatments

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Cholesterol Management - Post-surgery care

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