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Why is the amount of cholesterol in your bloodstream important?

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The amount of cholesterol in your bloodstream is important because of its role in various cardiovascular diseases. The risk of getting these conditions is complex and depends not only on how much cholesterol but also what kind of cholesterol you have in your blood. Generally speaking, high levels of LDL -- the "bad cholesterol" -- are associated with a higher chance of coronary heart disease; high levels of HDL -- or "good cholesterol" -- are associated with a lower chance.

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association. 

Heartcenteronline.com. 

National Cholesterol Education Program.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on February 20, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association. 

Heartcenteronline.com. 

National Cholesterol Education Program.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on February 20, 2017

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