High cholesterol and stroke

High Cholesterol and stroke: High cholesterol (hyperlipidemia /dyslipidemia) – contributes to blood vessel disease, which often leads to stroke.

Cholesterol is a soft, waxy fat that is made by the body. We also absorb some cholesterol from foods we eat such as eggs, meats and dairy products. The main cause of high cholesterol is a diet high in saturated fats (fats from animal foods). High cholesterol may also be hereditary.

There are 2 types of cholesterol:

Low-density lipoprotein (or LDL) is the ‘bad’ cholesterol that builds up on the artery walls

High-density lipoprotein (or HDL) is the ‘good’ cholesterol. It is called the good cholesterol because it removes cholesterol from the blood stream. It takes cholesterol from the cells in our body to the liver where it is broken down and removed safely from our body.

The ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol is the key measurement of your stroke risk. The more HDL you have the lower your risk for stroke. The more LDL that you have, the greater your risk for stroke.

Speak to your doctor about your current cholesterol level and what you should aim for to reduce your risk of stroke or a further stroke.

Facts on statins and stroke.
Presented by Prof Richard Richard Lindley, Chair of Stroke Foundation Clinical Council.

For more about High cholesterol and stroke:

•    What causes high cholesterol?
•    The link between high cholesterol and stroke
•    How you can control cholesterol
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