Cholesterol is a waxy steroid and is transported in the blood stream. It is produced by the liver and is present in foods of animal origin. The understanding that modern medical science has of it has changed dramatically over time. Although it is a major contributor to the plaque that forms on the walls of an artery, the role that it plays in the human body is exceedingly complex. In fact, cholesterol management is now a subspecialty in and of itself within the field of cardiology.
Despite this aforementioned complexity, we will provide a simplified explanation of the relevant highlights of the different types of cholesterol one sees in their blood lipid panel. We will also provide an overview of the causes of high cholesterol and how the problem can best be managed.
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