Thursday, 9 January 2014

Are you 1 out of the 3 who unknowingly has high cholesterol in the US alone?

There is this think called Cholestrol that I do not feel we pay enough attention to.  As many as 1 out of every 3 adults have been reported by Dr. Laurence Sperling, to suffer for it.
Being on the health track I decided to educate myself and find out what exactly causes it.
This is what I found:
It is like a glob of fat that starts collecting in your arteries because of over production.

Your body makes cholesterol, and you also get it when you eat eggs, meats, and dairy products. When you have more than your body needs, cholesterol can cause plaque to build up in your arteries. This thick, hard plaque can clog your arteries like a blocked pipe. Reduced blood flow can lead to a stroke or heart attack.                                                        How High Cholesterol Causes Heart Attack: If there is a clog in a coronary artery, your heart gets too little blood and oxygen. Without enough oxygen, your heart becomes weak and damaged. If the plaque breaks open, a blood clot may form on top of the buildup, further blocking blood flow. Or, a blood clot can break off and flow to an artery in another part of the body. If a clot completely blocks an artery feeding your heart, you have a heart attack.

How High Cholesterol Causes Stroke: Plaque buildup can also keep your brain from getting enough blood and oxygen. If a clot completely blocks an artery feeding your brain, you have a stroke.

High cholesterol may not worry you enough because:

It doesn’t cause symptoms. So you don’t know you have it unless you get a blood cholesterol test.
It doesn’t cause pain. So you may be less likely to seek treatment or keep taking your cholesterol-lowering medicine.
Plus, the risks from high cholesterol aren’t immediate. The damage accumulates over years -- even decades. High cholesterol in your 20s and 30s can take its toll in your 50s and 60s. Because the effects take time, you may not feel the urgency to treat it. You may think you can deal with it later – but you may wait too long.

"Having high Cholesterol may not hurt you today or tomorrow,
But if you don't do something about it, it can have a terrible cost down the road." Laurence Sperling, MD, head of preventive cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta

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