Some factors for heart disease include elevated cholesterol and triglycerides:
Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in the fats (lipids) carried in your bloodstream. Your body actually needs a certain amount of cholesterol to build healthy cells. However, too much cholesterol in your blood results in fatty deposits of plaque that can clog your coronary arteries. Your total cholesterol is comprised of two types of lipids, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol. Good HDL cholesterol helps rid our body of bad LDL cholesterol. The desirable level for total cholesterol is below 200 with Low Density levels being below 70 for those with a high risk of heart disease and High-density levels being 60 or greater regarded to be the best level.
Triglycerides are the third type of lipids in your blood. If you have high LDL cholesterol, your triglycerides are also probably too high. The desirable level for triglycerides is less than 150.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist, of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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