Cholesterol helps human body building new cells, insulate nerves, and producing hormones. Normally, the liver makes all the cholesterol for human body. But cholesterol also enters human body from foods, e.g. animal-based foods like milk, eggs, and meat. Too much cholesterol in human body is a risk factor for heart disease.
High Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Excessive cholesterol the blood and built up in the arteries walls causes a process named atherosclerosis which is a form of heart disease. In such as case the arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart muscle is slowed down or blocked. The blood carries oxygen to the heart, and if insufficient oxygen reaches the 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.
There are two forms of cholesterol travelling in the blood:
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol)
High-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol.)
LDL is the main source of artery-clogging plaque. HDL actually works to clear cholesterol from the blood. Triglycerides are another fat in the bloodstream. High levels of triglycerides may also be linked to heart disease.
Symptoms of High Cholesterol
High cholesterol itself does not cause any symptoms. It is important to find out what are the cholesterol numbers in the blood. Lowering cholesterol levels which are too high lessens the risk for developing heart disease and reduces the chance of a heart attack or dying of heart disease.
Total Cholestrol Calculation
1) Divide Triglycerides value(mg/dL) by 5 = X
2) Total Cholestrol = X + HDL(mg/dL) + LDL(mg/dL)
Cholesterol HDL, LDL, Triglycerides Ratio Calculator with Risk indication
(Enter 3 measured values to calculate the remaining value)
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