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Understanding High Cholesterol

High Cholesterol: Assessing Your Risk - VHL HealthSheet #82062_VA
The higher your blood cholesterol, the greater your risk for heart attack or stroke. That’s why you need to know your cholesterol level.
Understanding Circulation - VHL HealthSheet #82949_VA
Blood flows from the heart to the body and back to the heart. This nonstop flow is called circulation.
Understanding Food and Cholesterol - VHL HealthSheet #84546_VA
What you eat has a big effect on your body’s cholesterol level. Eating certain foods can raise your cholesterol. Other foods can help you lower it. Watching what you eat can help you get your cholesterol level under control.
Understanding Your Cholesterol Numbers - VHL HealthSheet #85182_VA
The higher your total cholesterol number, the more likely it is that cholesterol will build up in your blood vessels.
Controlling Your Cholesterol - VHL HealthSheet #82036_VA
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that travels in your bloodstream. When you have high cholesterol, it builds up in the walls of your blood vessels. This makes the blood vessels narrower and blood flow decrease. Then you could have a heart attack or a stroke.
Lifestyle Changes to Control Cholesterol - VHL HealthSheet #85159_VA
Exercise, healthy eating, quitting smoking, and taking your medications right can help you control your cholesterol.
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Too much cholesterol in your blood—mostly from eating too much saturated fat and trans fat—can put you at risk for heart disease and stroke. Saturated fats come from animals and certain plants (such as coconut and palm). A food contains trans fat if the ingredient label contains the words “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated.”

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