Risks of Having High Cholesterol
Many people are not aware, but there are two kinds of cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as good cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), referred to as bad cholesterol. High levels of bad cholesterol can be very dangerous to your health. To educate you more on the effects of bad cholesterol here are some facts from our general practitioners.
Stress on your arteries
Over time, high cholesterol will narrow your arteries, limiting blood flow to your vital organs such as your heart and brain. High cholesterol also hardens your arteries, further limiting blood flow and making your heart work extra hard.
Increased risk of heart attack
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is in your cells and your blood. When you have high cholesterol, this substance can build up and form plaque. Eventually your arteries can block completely. If a blood clot forms around a cracked part of the plaque, you can suffer a heart attack.
Increased risk of stroke
High cholesterol also increased your risk of a stroke. Plaque build-up can prevent your brain from getting enough blood and oxygen. If a clot blocks an artery feeding your brain you can experience a stroke.
Overproduction of bile
While bile helps your body break down foods and absorb nutrients, too much bile can result in crystal formation and gall stones. These stones grow in your gall bladder and are extremely painful.
Increased risks in the elderly
As we age, our natural production of cholesterol increases. That means that seniors are at an increased risk of developing high cholesterol and, as such, suffering a heart attack or stroke. That’s why it’s essential to have your general practitioner monitor your cholesterol as you get older.
Worried about high cholesterol? Contact Southport Metro Medical Centre today. Our general practitioners can test you for high cholesterol and help you with treatment plans to reduce your health risks.