All About Cholesterol
By: Addie Rockers
LDL and HDL
Low Density Lipoprotein: Responsible for transporting cholesterol to the blood stream to send to cells.
High Density Lipoprotein: Responsible for removing excess cholesterol from the blood stream and transporting it to the liver.
- A cholesterol test is called a lipid panel or lipid profile.
- A blood test is used to measure the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood.
- A cholesterol is used to determine the risk of plaque buildup in the arteries that can lead to narrowed or blocked arteries throughout the body.
- A good ratio of LDL and HDL is key to monitoring cholesterol levels. 78uuu
Effect of high Cholesterol
- Cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
- When too much LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly start to build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed into the hear and brain.
- Together with other substances, cholesterol can form a thick, hard deposit called plaque that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible.
- If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, a heart attack or stroke can result.
- Work with doctors to determine the risk and the best approach to treatment.
- In all cases, lifestyle changes are important to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Also, in some cases, cholesterol-lowering statin medicine may also provide benefits.
- Decrease the amount of saturated fats, sugar, soda, and baked goods.
- Increased diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.