High Cholesterol– also known as “the other silent killer” is the waxy substance found in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, but high levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of atherosclerosis, heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
You can develop fatty deposits due to high cholesterol in your blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits grow, making it difficult for enough blood to flow through your arteries. Sometimes, these deposits can break suddenly and produce a clot that causes a heart attack or stroke.
High cholesterol can be genetic, but most often the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices, which make it preventable and treatable. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sometimes medication can help reduce high cholesterol, protecting yourself from potential heart complications. READ MORE
High cholesterol has no symptoms. A blood test is the only way to identify if you have it. The American Heart Association recommends that adults 20 or older have their cholesterol checked regularly every four to six years. After the age of 40, your health care provider will also want to use an equation to calculate your 10-year risk of experiencing cardiovascular disease or stroke. Whatever your age, taking the initial step to review this with your doctor is a wise heart health decision.
Given the current global pandemic, it is now more important than ever to maintain healthy heart habits – cardiovascular disease is already by far the leading global killer but there are things we can do to reduce our risks.
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