Cholesterol & Triglycerides Health Center

Cholesterol Health Check

High cholesterol, also known as hypercholesterolemia, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Abnormal levels of LDL cholesterol or HDL cholesterol are treated with a low-fat diet, exercise, and medications such as statins.

Diseases Linked to High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is linked with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. That can include coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. High cholesterol has also been tied to diabetes and high blood pressure. In all cases, the underlying cause is that high cholesterol leads to fatty plaques that build up in arteries all over your body.

To prevent or manage these conditions, work with your doctor. You also can take some simple steps that will help you lower your cholesterol -- and your risk of these related diseases.

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