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Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can combine with other substances in the blood and stick to the walls of your arteries. This is called plaque. Plaque can narrow your arteries or even block them.

High levels of cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of heart disease. Your cholesterol levels tend to rise as you get older. There are usually no signs or symptoms that you have high blood cholesterol, but it can be detected with a blood test. You are likely to have high cholesterol if members of your family have it, if you are overweight or if you eat a lot of fatty foods.

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  1. Cholesterol (National Library of Medicine)  
    Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too ...
  2. Learning about Familial Hypercholesterolemia From the National Institutes of Health (National Human Genome Research Institute)  
    ... genetic terms used on this page Learning About Familial Hypercholesterolemia What is familial hypercholesterolemia? What are the symptoms ... Hypercholesterolemia Additional Resources About Familial Hypercholesterolemia What is ... hypercholesterolemia is an inherited condition that causes ...
  3. Familial hypercholesterolemia is a disorder of high LDL ("bad") cholesterol that is passed down through families, which means ... Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic disorder caused by a defect on chromosome 19. The defect makes the body ...
  4. ... very high cholesterol). Do gene-based challenges like familial hypercholesterolemia perhaps hold a key to how we understand cholesterol in all people? Yes. Our understanding of the ...
  5. Managing Cholesterol Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    Managing Cholesterol Introduction Cholesterol is one of the most familiar medical words today. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that ... level of cholesterol in your body. What Is Cholesterol? Blood Stream The fat we eat gets absorbed ...
  6. ... in the blood in people that have homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH; an inherited condition in which cholesterol cannot be removed from the body normally). Lomitapide ...
  7. Genomics and Health Impact Update (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... X syndrome, from the NIH Genetic Testing Registry Familial Hypercholesterolemia: Recent Advances Familial hypercholesterolemia – recent advances- Johnson Francis, ...
  8. ... in the blood in people who have homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH; a rare inherited condition that causes very high levels of cholesterol in the blood, increasing the risk of serious ...
  9. Lipoprotein/cholesterol analysis; Lipid profile; Lipid panel; Hyperlipidemia - testing; Cholesterol and triglyceride test: coronary risk profile
  10. ... In Sign Out Percentage of Adults with High Cholesterol Whose LDL Cholesterol Levels are Adequately Controlled High cholesterol can double a person's risk for heart disease, ...
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