High Cholesterol

What is High Cholesterol?

Description/Overview

term-definitionHigh cholesterol causes the development of deposits of fat within the blood vessels. This accumulation of fat within the arteries makes it difficult for blood to flow through the blood vessels making it hard for the heart to receive the oxygen rich blood that it requires to function properly and this, in turn, increases the risk of a heart attack.

High cholesterol may also cause an insufficient amount of oxygen rich blood to reach the brain which increases the probability of experiencing a stroke. Studies show that the main cause of high cholesterol stems from consuming foods that are high in cholesterol, trans fats, and saturated fat.

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Last Reviewed:
September 14, 2016
Last Updated:
February 03, 2017