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The higher your blood cholesterol level, the greater your risk for developing heart disease or having a heart attack.  Reducing your cholesterol is very important as heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the United States.

Everyone age 20 and older should have their cholesterol measured at least once every 5 years. It is best to have a blood test called a "lipoprotein profile" to find out your cholesterol numbers. This blood test is done after a 9- to 12-hour fast and gives more accurate information than the cholesterol tests that are sometimes done in drugstores. 

How Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease

When there is too much cholesterol (a fat-like substance) in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries. Over time, this buildup causes "hardening of the arteries" so that arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart is slowed down or blocked. The blood carries oxygen to the heart, and if enough blood and oxygen cannot 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.

 

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