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High cholesterol

In the bloodstream, there are two types of cholesterol that play a role in your heart health ...

The bad cholesterol is called LDL, and that stands for low density lipoprotein. LDL builds up as a plaque inside your arteries, making it harder for blood to reach your heart. This can lead to a heart attack, but usually has no warning signs.

The good cholesterol is called HDL, which means high density lipoprotein. Your HDL cholesterol is good because it actually picks up the cholesterol and carries it back to your liver to be broken down.

Last modified: 2012-03-06

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