Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly, but too much cholesterol in the blood can create a fatty build up in your artery walls, narrowing arteries and restricting blood flow. This can cause a heart attack or stroke.
Cholesterol is a fatty, waxy substance carried in the bloodstream made mostly by your liver as well as the foods we eat. Cholesterol plays an essential role in how every cell in the body works. However, too much cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of heart disease.
Your liver and other cells in the body make about 75 percent of your blood cholesterol. The other 25 percent comes from the foods you choose to eat.
A cholesterol blood test provides information on blood lipid (fat) levels:
You run a greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke if your cholesterol levels are not well controlled.
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