Cholesterol is created and used by the human body in a variety of normal body functions, but too much cholesterol in the blood can increase the risk of heart disease. Learn about the risks and medical problems associated with high cholesterol.

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Your body does not have a way of telling you if you have high cholesterol. However, it can lead to heart disease, so you should get a test -- and learn the symptoms of heart disease.

By Neil Stone

Cholesterol produces a wealth of highly valuable substances in the body. It makes its mark in digestion, absorption of vitamins, and even reproduction. Find out why your body needs cholesterol.

By Neil Stone

As most people know -- and as doctors have known for decades -- high cholesterol is a major factor in heart disease. Find out how those fatty deposits can shut down the pump.

By Neil Stone


We've all heard of "good" and "bad" cholesterol, and you may even know which is LDL and which is HDL. It's important for doctors to know the levels of each. Find out how each type affects your heart and what the levels tell you.

By Neil Stone

Medical research shows that high levels of cholesterol are associated with heart disease, the nation's number one killer. One in five Americans has high cholesterol -- find out if you're at risk.

By Dr. Jerry Gordon