We’ve all been told to watch our cholesterol, but what is cholesterol? It is a fatty, wax-like substance contained in every cell of our body.
You need to have some cholesterol in order for your body to make vitamin D, hormones and certain substances that assist in digestion. Your body is perfectly capable of making enough cholesterol to fulfill its needs. But, you could also be getting additional cholesterol from the type of foods you eat.
Cholesterol makes its way through the bloodstream travelling in small packets called lipoproteins. These packets are composed of fats (lipids) on the inside and on the outside you have proteins.
There are two types of lipoproteins that transport cholesterol throughout the body: high-density lipoproteins, known as HDLs and low-density lipoproteins called LDLs. Maintaining a healthy level of both HDL and LDL cholesterol is important.
When you have high levels of LDL cholesterol it can build up in your arteries, which are the blood vessels carrying blood from the heart to the body. This is why LDL cholesterol is often referred to as the “bad cholesterol.”
On the other hand, HDL cholesterol is often called the “good cholesterol.” The reason is that HDL transports cholesterol from other areas of your body to your liver, which works to eliminate it from your body.
High Blood Cholesterol
High blood cholesterol is exactly what it sounds like, too much cholesterol showing up in the blood. On its own, this condition normally won’t display any signs or symptoms. This is why a lot of people have no idea they have high cholesterol levels in their blood.
People with high blood cholesterol are at greater risk of coronary heart disease, which is the same as coronary artery disease. (“Heart disease” as used in in this article, means “coronary heart disease.”)
The more LDL cholesterol you have in your blood, the higher the odds of you being diagnosed with heart disease. The more HDL cholesterol you have in your blood, the less likely you are to come down with heart disease.
Coronary heart disease is when you have a buildup of plaque within the arteries of your heart (coronary arteries). Plaque is composed of cholesterol, calcium, fat and other materials found in the blood. When there is a buildup of plaque in your arteries, you can develop atherosclerosis.
Over a period of time, plaque will harden and this will cause a narrowing of your coronary arteries, which will limit the oxygen-rich blood flow to your heart.
Ultimately, a deposit of plaque can rupture and lead to a blood clot forming on the plaque’s surface. If the clot grows in size, it can partially or fully block the flow of blood through the artery.
If the blood flow to your heart muscle is diminished or blocked altogether, it can cause angina or even a heart attack.
Angina is basically chest pain or some discomfort. You might feel it as squeezing or pressure in your chest. However, you could also feel pain in your jaw, neck, back, shoulders or arms. Angina may even seem like indigestion.
A heart attack happens when the oxygen-rich blood flow to a part of the muscle is totally cut off. If it can’t be restored quickly, that part of the heart muscle will begin to die. Unless this is quickly treated, a heart attack can cause serious health problems and even death.
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