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Contents for Cholesterol and lipids
  1. Introduction: Cholesterol and lipids
  2. Causes (40 conditions)
  3. Causes of Types
  4. Diagnostic tests (11 listings)
  5. Questions your doctor may ask (and why) (15 listings)
  6. Combined symptoms
  7. News (6 listings)

Cholesterol and lipids

High cholesterol: High cholesterol is listed as an alternate name or description for symptom:

Causes of Cholesterol and lipids (High cholesterol): See detailed list of causes below.

Cholesterol and lipids (medical symptom): Levels of blood or urine cholesterol or lipids as a symptom

Introduction: High cholesterol

Cholesterol and lipids (medical symptom): Lipid abnormalities such as high cholesterol or triglycerides are important conditions. This section examines lipid problems as symptoms of other underlying conditions. See also symptoms of high cholesterol.

Article Excerpts for High cholesterol:

Cholesterol and lipids (medical symptom): Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced by the liver to help meet the body’s need for hormones and bile acids. It also enters the body when high-fat foods are consumed and when the body’s cholesterol level is higher than necessary for normal cell functioning. The resulting high blood cholesterol is a condition that greatly increases your chances of developing coronary heart disease. That is because extra cholesterol in the blood settles on the inner walls of the arteries, narrowing them, allowing less blood to pass through them to the heart. The higher your total blood cholesterol level, the greater your heart disease risk. (Source: excerpt from High Blood Cholesterol: NWHIC)

Causes of Cholesterol and lipids (High cholesterol)

The list of medical condition causes of Cholesterol and lipids (High cholesterol) includes:

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More Specific Symptoms for High cholesterol:

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Related Symptoms for High cholesterol

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More Symptom Information for High cholesterol

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High cholesterol (medical condition): For a medical symptom description of 'High cholesterol', the following disease information may be relevant to the symptoms: High Cholesterol (disease information). However, numerous other possible causes of the symptom may be possible.

High cholesterol (medical condition): High levels of blood cholesterol, triglycerides, or other lipids.

High cholesterol (medical condition): Cholesterol is a naturally occurring waxy, fat-like substance that is present in your blood and in the body's cells. It is both made by the body itself and brought into the body through eating foods such as animal meats, which contains various levels of cholesterol. Cholesterol is a necessary element in the proper functioning of your body. However, when cholesterol levels become too high, they can result in the buildup of plaque on the walls of the arteries and block the flow of blood to vital organs. This can lead to the development of serious conditions, such as atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries), blood clots, hypertension, heart disease, heart attack (myocardial infarction), and stroke. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the United States. More than a million Americans have heart attacks, and about a half million people die from heart disease every year, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood institute.

Cholesterol is comprised primarily of three components, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. When the levels and balance of HDL, LDL, and triglycerides in your body are not normal, they increase the risk for developing serious cardiovascular conditions. When the HDL and LDL triglycerides are present in the right levels and balance in your body, cholesterol functions to protect health, including cardiovascular health. High cholesterol is also known as hyperlipidemia and hypercholesterolemia.

High cholesterol: Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced by the liver to help meet the body’s need for hormones and bile acids. It also enters the body when high-fat foods are consumed and when the body’s cholesterol level is higher than necessary for normal cell functioning. The resulting high blood cholesterol is a condition that greatly increases your chances of developing coronary heart disease. That is because extra cholesterol in the blood settles on the inner walls of the arteries, narrowing them, allowing less blood to pass through them to the heart. The higher your total blood cholesterol level, the greater your heart disease risk. (Source: excerpt from High Blood Cholesterol: NWHIC)

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