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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 High Cholesterol Marissa Hilker High Cholesterol ResearchDescription :High Cholesterol is when there is too much cholesterol (a fat-like substance) in your blood. It builds up in the walls of your arteries. Over time, this buildup causes "hardening of the arteries" so that arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart is slowed down or blocked. The blood carries oxygen to the heart, and if enough blood and oxygen cannot reach your heart, you may suffer chest pain. If the blood supply to a portion of the heart is completely cut off by a blockage, the result is a heart attack.Source: http://www.nhlbi.nih.g ov/health/resources/h eart/heart-cholesterol- hbc-what-html Causes of this issue: -What you eat. Eating too much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol can cause high cholesterol.-Saturated fat and cholesterol are in foods that come from animals, such as meats, whole milk, egg yolks, butter, and cheese.-Trans fat is found in fried foods and packaged foods, such as cookies, crackers, and chips.-Your weight. Being overweight may increase triglycerides and decrease HDL (good cholesterol).-Your activity level. Lack of physical activity can lower your HDL.-Your age and gender. After you reach age 20, your cholesterol naturally begins to rise.-In men, cholesterol generally levels off after age 50.-In women, it stays fairly low until menopause. Then it rises to about the same level as in men.-Some diseases. Certain diseases may raise your risk of high cholesterol. These include hypothyroidism, chronic kidney disease, and some types of liver disease.-Your family history. High cholesterol may run in your family. If family members have or had high cholesterol, you may also have it.-Cigarette smoking. Smoking can lower your HDL cholesterol.-Certain medicines. Some medicines can raise triglyceride levels and lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels. These medicines include thiazide diuretics, beta-blockers, estrogen, and corticosteroids.Source: m/cholesterol-manage ment/tc/high-cholester ol-cause
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