How does high cholesterol increase your risk of heart disease?
Consultant Cardiologist Navtej Chahal discusses the effect of high cholesterol on your heart health
Your liver produces the majority of cholesterol in your blood, and having abnormally high levels can increase your risk of future heart disease.
In particular, having a high LDL cholesterol is associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Cholesterol levels can accumulate in the arteries leading to reduced flow down the arteries, which can cause symptoms such as angina. Or if there is a sudden blockage in the artery due to the cholesterol buildup, then it can lead to a heart attack.
I strongly urge you to take our heart disease online self-test to assess your risk of developing heart disease in the future. It will take you less than five minutes and give you a good idea if you are at increased risk, and whether or not you need to see a specialist.