How many times have you read about cholesterol? Perhaps your doctor has talked to you about cholesterol and your blood levels.
What is cholesterol and how it affects our heart? What is the level of “normal” and what can we do to keep our level in good health? What does this test reveal about your health? These are important questions to ask. You may also want to know exactly what cholesterol does to your heart.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance, wax that is naturally found in our bodies and ingested through foods that are high in fats. High cholesterol can affect both children and adults.
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Let’s see your heart. The heart sits in the middle of your chest and is about the size of your fist. It has coronary arteries and their branches that are supplying the heart muscle with blood and oxygen that it needs. When cholesterol (commonly called plaque) accumulates on the walls of the heart arteries, they are clogged. When a blockage occurs, blood can not get through the arteries and heart attacks occur.
Once you have a heart attack, part of the heart muscle is damaged because it has no blood supply. The damaged heart muscle does not function as strong or as well as normal muscle.
This is a review of basic cholesterol, but once you know what your cholesterol level is, you can make some good decisions to control it.