Excess cholesterol and its effect on the heart
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol helps your body build new cells, insulate nerves, and produce hormones. Normally, the liver makes all the cholesterol the body needs.
But cholesterol also enters your body from food, such as animal-based foods like milk, eggs, and meat.
Excess cholesterol in your body is a risk factor for heart disease.
When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries, causing a process called atherosclerosis, a form of heart disease.
The arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart muscle is slowed down or blocked.
The blood carries oxygen to the heart, and if not enough blood and oxygen reach your heart, you may suffer chest pain.
If the blood supply to a portion of the heart is completely cut off by a blockage, the result is a heart attack.
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