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Cholesterol Charts: Explaining Your Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol Charts: Explaining Your Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol levels, as you likely know, may be linked to our risk of heart attack and stroke—two of the major preventable causes of disability and death in the Western world. If you have an annual medical or regular health check-up, it’s likely that you’ve had your cholesterol levels checked.

In this

What Causes Gallstones?

What Causes Gallstones?

Gallstones are solid deposits in the gallbladder, a small pear-shaped organ that sits beneath the liver. The gallbladder has a simple function: to store and concentrate bile, a digestive enzyme made by the liver. In the United States, between 1 and 3 percent of adults develop gallstones each year and

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

You already know that keeping your cholesterol in check is important for heart health. High cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and a greater chance of a heart attack. But you may be wondering: What exactly is a normal cholesterol level, and how do I get there? And you’re probably

Lipid Profile: Key Blood Test for Assessing Your Cardiac Risk

Lipid Profile: Key Blood Test for Assessing Your Cardiac Risk

A lipid profile—also called a lipid panel—is a blood test that gives your doctor a head-up as to abnormalities in your cholesterol level. The lipid profile includes total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, cholesterol-HDL ratio, LDL-HDL ratio, and triglycerides.

A fairly routine test, a lipid profile is an indicator of

What Is Cholesterol Ratio?

What Is Cholesterol Ratio?

“Cholesterol Ratio” has emerged as a much more reliable means of evaluating true cardiovascular risk than traditional cholesterol measures. Learn why this is important and how to calculate your own ratio to know if you are at risk.

Cutting Through Cholesterol Confusion

High blood cholesterol, particularly high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, is a well-known risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). What is less clear is whether cholesterol from foods plays a role in raising blood cholesterol levels and CVD risk.

Cholesterol occurs only in animal foods, like beef, poultry, pork, seafood, eggs and

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