Health with Dr. Paula: National Cholesterol Education Month

VIDEO: Health with Dr. Paula: National Cholesterol Education Month

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - September is National Cholesterol Education Month and cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for heart disease.

Heart disease is any disease that directly impacts the heart. Some could affect the blood vessels or the heart’s rhythm.

Cholesterol plaque gets into the blood vessels, which hinders blood from flowing as freely as it needs to.

This could eventually lead to the formation of a blood clot.

If the clotted vessel is supplying blood to the heart, it could cause a heart attack. It could also cause a stroke if supplying blood to the brain.

There are generally no symptoms associated with high cholesterol other than chest pain if cholesterol levels are severe enough.

There is a noninvasive test that should be part of an annual exam to measure cholesterol levels.

An ideal cholesterol level is under 200 and can be helped by monitoring diet and exercise.

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