Cholesterol
Cholesterol Quiz
An excess of cholesterol can build up in the arteries, narrowing them and slowing or blocking blood flow to the heart. Take this quiz to learn more about cholesterol and its role in your health.
Heart Disease Prevention Quiz
Answer this one: Why is lack of regular exercise a major risk factor for heart disease?
Getting Your Cholesterol Tested
Your body needs cholesterol to make hormones and to keep your cells healthy. Cholesterol comes from two sources: your liver and your diet. However, if your diet exceeds the body’s need for cholesterol or saturated fats, your cholesterol level in your blood will increase. This video discusses treatments and lifestyle changes that may be prescribed by your doctor.

What is Cholesterol?

The Truth About Triglycerides

Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body. Most of your body's fat is stored as triglycerides.

Why Control Cholesterol

Lower Your Cholesterol

High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined.

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is a type of thickening or hardening of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque in the inner lining of an artery. It can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other circulatory conditions.

Coronary Heart Disease

A person with coronary heart disease has an accumulation of fatty deposits in the coronary arteries. These deposits narrow the arteries and can decrease or block the flow of blood to the heart.

Preventing a Second Heart Attack

Most Americans survive a first heart attack. By taking action, however, they can significantly reduce their chances for a second heart attack.

Cardiovascular Disease Screening and Management

Diabetes affects the cardiovascular system, but many problems aren't apparent until a person has a heart attack or stroke.

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome greatly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or all three.

Strategies for Managing Cholesterol

All About Cholesterol-Lowering Medicines

There are 5 main types of cholesterol-lowering medications.

Heart Disease Worksheet

It's important to get regular checkups and periodic exams, especially when you have cardiovascular disease.

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