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Risks & Causes

There are many risk factors that are associated with high cholesterol, or hypercholesterolemia. These include obesity, smoking, fatty diet, and living a sedentary life style.
  1. Risk Factors: Environment (4)
  2. Risk Factors: Gender, Age, Ethnicity (7)
  3. Risk Factors: Medical Conditions (7)

High Cholesterol: Are You At Risk?
High cholesterol doesn't have any symptoms, so many people are quite surprised when they are diagnosed with it. However, there are risk factors associated with high cholesterol. Do you have any of these risk factors?

What is Causing My High Cholesterol?
So, you went to your healthcare provider for your regular physical, and have found out that your cholesterol levels are too high. There are many causes to having high cholesterol. Most of the causes of high cholesterol can be controlled through lifestyle changes, whereas some causes are determined by genes.

What Places You At Risk For Having High Cholesterol & Heart Disease?
There are many factors that can contribute to coronary artery disease, and high cholesterol levels are one of the most important, modifiable factors for this condition. What can you do to lower your risk of heart disease? This article will tell you what you need to know.

Which High Cholesterol Risk Factors Can Not Be Controlled?
Although there are many ways to prevent high cholesterol from occurring, there are just some risk factors that you cannot modify – no matter how hard you try. Even though you can’t necessarily change these risk factors, being aware of these risks can help you to be extra vigilant in getting checked for high cholesterol.

Which High Cholesterol Risk Factors Can I Control?
Although high cholesterol levels can be inherited in some cases, there are some things you can do now to help lower your risk. Use this handy checklist to see if you are doing everything to lower your risk for high cholesterol – and make your heart healthy.

The Framingham Risk Calculator
The Framingham risk calculator can help you assess your risk of having heart disease down the road. Find out how it works and what it takes into consideration to assess your risk.

Six Ways to Lower Your Risk for High Cholesterol
Your risk for developing high cholesterol goes up as you age. Although there are some risk factors you can't control, there are other factors that you can modify to help lower your risk for developing high lipid levels later on in life.

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