Cholesterol

Cholesterol Advice

You may have been directed to this page as you have recently had a blood test which has indicated your cholesterol level is raised. Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) made by your body and found in some foods. It is essential for good health and is found in every cell in your body.

High cholesterol can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke. This is because it can cause fatty deposits (known as plaques) to build up inside your arteries. Over time, these make your arteries narrower, restricting the flow of blood to important organs.

If the surface of one of the plaques in your arteries breaks or bursts, it can cause a blood clot. This can completely block the blood supply to part of your heart (causing a heart attack), or brain (causing a stroke).

Click on the link below to show the effects of cholesterol in your arteries:

Cholesterol

Please see the following links for information regarding cholesterol:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/high-cholesterol/

http://heartuk.org.uk/health-and-high-cholesterol

https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/risk-factors/high-cholesterol