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What percent of cholesterol in your body comes from diet?

Cholesterol comes from two sources: your body and food. In most people, the body – predominantly the liver – makes about 75 percent of blood cholesterol. The other 25 per (MORE)

What effect does exercise have on blood cholesterol levels?

According to the American Heart Association, "A sedentary lifestyle is one of the 5 major risk factors (along with high blood pressure, abnormal values for blood lipids, smo (MORE)

What can you doTo reduce your intake of saturated fat and cholesterol?

If you have high cholesterol, it's important to avoid foods high in dietary cholesterol, and those laced with saturated fat and trans fats. In a nutshell, red meat and full- (MORE)

What are the pros and cons of using cholesterol lowering medications?

In November 2013, the American Heart Association and the America College of Cardiology released new guidelines for the treatment of high blood cholesterol. Broadly, the guid (MORE)

What does LDL cholesterol mean?

Typically, there are three cholesterol levels reported in a cholesterol blood test: total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol. LDL and HDL cholesterol are m (MORE)

What is Angioplasty?

High cholesterol can lead to plaque formation in the arteries, which can ultimately block the flow of blood to the heart. When blood flow is compromised, the result can be che (MORE)

Cholesterol in Popular Snack Foods

Snack foods can derail an otherwise valiant effort to avoid dietary cholesterol. Hidden in many popular snack foods is not only dietary cholesterol, but also saturated and tra (MORE)

The Benefits and Dangers of Taking Vitamin B-3 (Niacin) Supplements

Niacin supplements - also known as Vitamin B-3 supplements - have a long history in treating cholesterol. But recent studies have shown that while niacin does raise HDL (good) (MORE)

What is a Chylomicron?

If you have high cholesterol and are researching what it means and what to do about it, you might have bumped into the term 'chylomicron' but not been able to readily see what (MORE)

How To Make An Authentic, Healthy Stir-Fry Dinner

Stir-fry can be a very heart healthy dinner -- if you know what's in it. Ordering takeout stir-fry can be risky: takeout is likely cooked with a lot of non-heart-healthy oil a (MORE)

What is Myocardial Infarction?

Myocardial infarction is the medical term for a heart attack. As explained by the National Institute of Health, a myocardial infarction or heart attack "occurs when blood flow (MORE)

Can Sleeping Patterns Affect Your Cholesterol?

How well or poorly you sleep can affect your cholesterol. Consistently getting fewer than six hours of sleep a night - or more than eight hours - can worsen cholesterol. In Ma (MORE)

Health Benefits of Apples

That old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," was first printed in 'Notes and Queries' magazine - in slightly different form - way back in February 1866 in Wales. I (MORE)

High Cholesterol Foods To Avoid This Holiday Season

The holiday party buffet table, groaning with appetizers, is surely tempting. It's likely loaded with high cholesterol foods - but hidden among the cheeses and eggnog are apt (MORE)

Chickpeas Help Lower Cholesterol

Chickpeas are heart-healthy legumes that are easy to add to an everyday diet. They can be prepared in a variety of ways. To add fiber and a delicate, nutty flavor to salads ju (MORE)

Cholesterol Testing: the Process Explained

High cholesterol is clearly associated with a higher risk of heart disease. A simple blood test measures four key cholesterol levels to assess risk and whether a statin medica (MORE)

Heart Healthy Cranberry Recipe for Thanksgiving

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple, and unlike gravy or mashed potatoes - which are nearly impossible to make "heart healthy" - it's surprisingly easy to whip up a homem (MORE)

New Cholesterol Treatment Calculator Flawed?

On November 12, 2013 the American Heart Association (AHA), in conjunction with the America College of Cardiology, released new guidelines for the treatment of high blood chole (MORE)

New Cholesterol Statin Drug Guidelines

On November 12, 2013 the American Heart Association, in conjunction with the America College of Cardiology, released new guidelines for the treatment of high blood cholesterol (MORE)

FDA Labels Partially Hydrogenated Oils Unsafe

It's long been known that trans fats are unhealthy; eating trans fats raises LDL (bad) cholesterol. Indeed, since 2006 the FDA has required food manufacturers to include the a (MORE)