How Cholesterol increases the risk of Heart Attackvijeth
Are you diligent about getting your cholesterol checked? Many of us aren’t, and it’s because we think we don’t have to.
First, we must understand what Cholesterol is because we tend to confuse it with fats.
The Liver manufactures cholesterol and sends it out to other parts of the body for the production of hormones and cell membranes.
When doctors measure cholesterol levels, they first look at total cholesterol as a quick way to assess a person’s risk. For a more exact guide, they divide the total level by the HDL level.
Heart Attack risk is minimized by having a lower total cholesterol and a higher proportion of HDL cholesterol. The ratio of total cholesterol to HDL should be less than 4 to 1.
When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries, causing a process called Atherosclerosis, a form of heart disease. 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 not enough blood and oxygen 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.
Cholesterol is not the same as fat. You might be surprised to learn that your body actually needs cholesterol to function normally and to stay healthy. But what we need to remember is that our bodies are fully capable of making all the cholesterol it needs. It’s what you put into your body (yes, we mean those salty snacks and baked goods), and in some cases your family health history that causes trouble.
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