PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How does too much cholesterol affect your body?

ANSWER

There are different kinds of cholesterol, and if there’s too much of certain kinds in your blood, a fatty deposit called plaque can build up on the walls of your arteries. It’s like rust on the inside of a pipe. This plaque build-up can block blood flow to the heart muscle, reducing its oxygen supply. If levels of blood and oxygen to the heart drop far enough, you may start feeling chest pain or find yourself short of breath. A heart attack happens when the plaque completely blocks a blood vessel feeding a section of the heart muscle. If the plaque blocks a blood vessel going to your brain, you can have a stroke.

From: High Cholesterol in Men WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “High Blood Cholesterol.” 

National Cholesterol Education Program: “High Blood Cholesterol: What you Need to Know.” 

Harvard School of Public Health: “Fats & Cholesterol.” 

American Heart Association. 

Ekelund and others February 2007.  Diabetes Care,

Nicholls and others , Feb 7, 2007.  JAMA

David Ludwig, MD, professor of endocrinology, Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 6, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “High Blood Cholesterol.” 

National Cholesterol Education Program: “High Blood Cholesterol: What you Need to Know.” 

Harvard School of Public Health: “Fats & Cholesterol.” 

American Heart Association. 

Ekelund and others February 2007.  Diabetes Care,

Nicholls and others , Feb 7, 2007.  JAMA

David Ludwig, MD, professor of endocrinology, Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 6, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

What kind of cholesterol is bad for you?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.