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According to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), “High blood cholesterol is a condition in which you have too much cholesterol in your blood. By itself, the condition usually has no signs or symptoms. Thus, many people don’t know that their cholesterol levels are too high.”

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance in your blood; if you have too much of this, it builds up in your arteries. This buildup can slow down or block blood flow to the heart, causing "hardening of the arteries.” Such blockage prevents oxygen from reaching the heart, which leads to chest pain, heart disease or even a heart attack.

You are at a higher risk for developing high cholesterol if you have any of these risk factors:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • High blood pressure (140/90 mmHg or higher or on blood pressure medication)
  • Low HDL cholesterol (less than 40 mg/dL)
  • Family history of early heart disease (heart disease in father or brother before age 55; heart disease in mother or sister before age 65)
  • Age (men 45 years or older; women 55 years or older)

The NHLBI recommends everyone 20 years and older get their cholesterol checked at least once every five years in order to lessen the risk for developing heart disease and reduce the chance of heart attack. Cholesterol research has led to many advances in medical knowledge and care including new ways to prevent, diagnose or treat high cholesterol.


The Atlanta Center for Medical Research was founded in 1982 by Dr. Robert A. Riesenberg and is now one of the largest and most respected medical research institutions in the country. ACMR’s 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, open-source research facility is a game changer for the medical research world. ACMR’s practices set the standard for medical research, facilitating the availability of safe and effective medicine to people everywhere.

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