In This Chapter
Understanding how elevated cholesterol multiplies your risk of coronary heart disease
Finding out about lipids — cholesterol, lipoproteins, and triglycerides
Lowering your cholesterol using lifestyle measures or medications
Controlling deadly duos — cholesterol and hypertension, and cholesterol and diabetes
Cholesterol always seems to be in the news. For a while, Americans were so obsessed with lowering blood cholesterol that other important risk factors for heart disease were almost ignored. Then the pendulum swung the other way as revisionists began underestimating the dangers of elevated cholesterol levels. The truth lies somewhere in between.
Without question, elevated blood cholesterol significantly increases — doubles, in fact — the risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD). And in combination with other risk factors, such as high blood pressure, overweight, or obesity, cholesterol multiplies those risks many times over. So controlling cholesterol is vital to lowering your risk of developing heart disease ...