Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that travels through the blood. In and of itself, cholesterol isn’t bad. It actually helps create the outer coating of our cells and aids the body in making vitamin D and certain hormones.
Your body makes the cholesterol it needs. But you also get it in your diet (for example, full-fat dairy products, fried foods and fatty meat). Too much cholesterol can be dangerous. That’s because over time cholesterol and fat can build in the inner walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This can cause a narrowing of the arteries (see atherosclerosis), which is a major cause of heart disease.
If you have high cholesterol, you’re certainly not alone. The good news is that high cholesterol is often preventable and treatable. Adopting a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and, in some cases, taking medication can go a long way to help lower your cholesterol and protect your heart.
Use this condition center to learn more about high cholesterol. You can also chat online with other people like you, keep up with the latest research, and get tips to help your cholesterol in check.
Study finds less than half of prescriptions for PCSK9 inhibitors are approved by insurance companies.
A new class of drugs, PCSK9 inhibitors, presents a further treatment option for certain patients at high risk for heart problems.
A recent change in calculating non-fasting cholesterol improves accuracy.
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Statins appear safe and effective in children with a rare condition causing extremely high cholesterol.
Patients are more likely to report side effects when they know they’re taking statins, finds study.
New tool to guide treatment in patients with a genetic disorder causing dangerously high cholesterol levels.
PCSK9 inhibitors lower LDL and risk for heart complications, but access to the drug is an issue for many.
It’s unlikely that HDL cholesterol is an independent risk factor for heart disease.
Widespread use of cholesterol-lowering statins brings the issue to light.
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Other cholesterol lowering therapies—including a heart-healthy diet—can be similarly effective at lowering cholesterol and cardiovascular risk, finds study.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force maintains that there’s not enough evidence to support universal cholesterol screenings in children.
Study authors emphasize screening for the genetic disorder that causes dangerously high cholesterol.
Fasting for cholesterol tests may soon be a thing of the past, based on new recommendations.
Simple heart-healthy choices could reduce risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s by 20%, finds study.
LDL – the bad cholesterol. LDL is the cholesterol that gums up your arteries and causes the buildup of blockages. It’s also the cholesterol that is toxic to the lining of your arteries, increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.