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What should you know about LDL?

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If you have heart disease or you just want to keep your ticker healthy, the type of cholesterol that puts your heart at risk is LDL, the "bad" cholesterol. It collects in the walls of your blood vessels, where it can cause blockages. Higher levels of LDL raise your chances of a heart attack. That’s because of a sudden blood clot that forms there.

From: LDL: The 'Bad' Cholesterol WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "LDL and HDL Cholesterol: What's Bad and What's Good?"

Tabas, I.   2002. Journal of Clinical Investigation,

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know."

Jenkins, D.K.   July 23, 2003. JAMA,

Stefanick, M.L.   1998. New England Journal of Medicine,

American Heart Association: "Good Cholesterol vs. Bad Cholesterol."

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: "Carbohydrates: Complex Carbs vs Simple Carbs."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "LDL and HDL Cholesterol: What's Bad and What's Good?"

Tabas, I.   2002. Journal of Clinical Investigation,

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know."

Jenkins, D.K.   July 23, 2003. JAMA,

Stefanick, M.L.   1998. New England Journal of Medicine,

American Heart Association: "Good Cholesterol vs. Bad Cholesterol."

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: "Carbohydrates: Complex Carbs vs Simple Carbs."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

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