High cholesterol is a common condition that can have deadly consequences. One in six Americans suffers from high levels of cholesterol. A high cholesterol problem leads to heart disease and raises your risk of heart attack and stroke.
“A certain amount of cholesterol is good for your body,” says Duc T. Nguyen, DO, interventional cardiologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “However, when your cholesterol is high, it can cause plaque to build up in your arteries. If the plaque buildup becomes severe, it can block oxygen-rich blood from flowing to your heart and brain.”
If plaque ruptures, it forms a blood clot. When a clot completely blocks an artery leading to your heart, it causes a heart attack. When it blocks an artery leading to your brain, it causes a stroke.
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