(Cholesterol, High; Hypercholesterolemia)
High cholesterol – Definition
Cholesterol is a type of lipid in the blood. High cholesterol is an abnormally high level of cholesterol in the blood.
There are different types of cholesterol in your blood including:
- Low density lipoproteins (LDL) — causes build up of cholesterol and other fats in the blood vessels. Known as bad cholesterol because high levels can cause disease in the arteries and heart disease.
- High density lipoproteins (HDL) — can remove cholesterol and other fats from the blood. Known as good cholesterol because it may protect against heart disease.