How Do High Levels Of “LDL” Cholesterol Cause Heart
When there is too much “LDL” Cholesterol in your blood stream, it builds up on the walls in your heart until they clog-up enough to restrict the flow of blood to your heart and can cause you to have heart disease!
What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is the waxy like substance in your blood stream that is made by our own bodies. Your liver produces about 75% of the cholesterol in your body and the other 25% comes from the foods you eat. Everyone needs cholesterol. At normal levels it plays a very important role in helping the cells in your body produce the Hormones, Vitamin D and Acids your bodies needs to be able to digest the foods you eat.
A lot of people have come to believe that all types of cholesterol are “Bad” for us since it has been cast as the villain in all of the Coronary Artery Disease TV ads we see every day. But actually, you need cholesterol since it’s the basic building block for all of the different hormones in your body like Estrogen and Testosterone and it’s also an important component of your body’s cell structure.
The problem starts when you have an abundance of “LDL” cholesterol, or worse yet, an over-abundance of small cell LDL, which promotes arterial blockage in your arteries.
You Have Three Types of Cholesterol In Your Bloodstream.
The first type is HDL Cholesterol which stands for High Density Lipoprotein” and it is called your “Good Cholesterol” because it insulates all of the billions of nerves you have in your body. It also produces all of the hormones your body needs and gathers up and removes bad “LDL” Cholesterol in your blood.
The second type is LDL Cholesterol and it stands for Low Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and it’s called your “BAD” Cholesterol since it builds up on the walls of the arteries inside of your heart until they can become so blocked, they will start restricting the flow of blood your heart muscle needs to keep you alive and you will a heart attack or a stroke.
The third type is TRIGLYCERIDES. According to recent research studies, high levels of Triglycerides may also be causing heart disease. Your body converts all of the excess calories, sugar and alcohol into Triglycerides which is a type of fat in your blood and is stored in the fat cells throughout your body. People that are overweight, inactive, smoke, or heavy drinkers and eat a high carb diet are the people that tend to have high Triglycerides which is linked to heart disease and diabetes.
Where Does Cholesterol Come From?
Your liver produces about 75% of the cholesterol makes most of the HDL Cholesterol your body needs. The other 25% comes from the foods you eat. Your “bad” LDL cholesterol enters your bloodstream every time you eat animal-based products like eggs, meat, fish, poultry and dairy products.
Eggs and organ meats (liver, sweetbreads, brains, and kidneys) are the most concentrated sources of this kind of “bad” cholesterol because when you eat too much these animal-based foods, your body turns off the LDL receptors in your liver that are supposed to take all of the “bad” LDL cholesterol out of your blood stream until it builds up until you are at risk of having coronary heart disease and you could end up having a heart attack or a stroke.
Why Are High Levels of LDL Cholesterol So Bad For Me?
The reason high levels of LDL Cholesterol are so bad for you is they are the main source of the build-up of dangerous Artery Clogging Plague that builds up on the walls of your arteries when you eat too much animal produced foods and can causes them to become so narrow they will not be able to supply your heart muscle the new oxygen-rich blood it needs to keep you alive and you will have a heart attack or a stroke!
What Are The Symptoms If My Cholesterol Levels Are Too High?
There Are No Symptoms! That’s because Cholesterol does not produce any symptoms! The only way you can tell if the levels of cholesterol in your body are too high or low is to have your doctor give you a Lipoprotein Blood Test.
What Can I Do If My LDL Cholesterol Levels Are High?
If your find the levels of LDL Cholesterol in your bloodstream are too high, you are not alone! According to the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, about one in every six adults living in America have high levels of LDL Cholesterol!
If you are not already taking a Statin drug, you should! That’s because Statin drugs have completely revolutionized the blood-cholesterol treatment industry by slowing down the liver’s production of good cholesterol which will increase the liver’s ability to remove the bad LDL from your bloodstream.
Here Is The Bad News!
You have N0 CONTROL over any of the following Risk Factors when you try to decrease the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke:
1. Your Gender
2. Your Age
3. Your Family History
Your Gender: Simply put, men have a much higher risk of having coronary heart disease than women! The reason that men are at a higher risk of having coronary heart disease than women is that Pre-Menopausal Women’s bodies provide them with a degree of natural protection against coronary heart disease by producing a female hormone called Estrogen.
Unfortunately, the heart preserving benefits of Estrogen only last as long as their bodies are actively producing Estrogen. After that, a woman’s risk of having coronary heart disease rises significantly once she goes through menopause.
Your Age: We all know as we age, our body parts eventually wear out as we get older. The more years we spend on this planet and more high-fat meals we eat and the more secondhand smoke we inhale and the longer we are exposed to all of the different conditions that cause coronary artery disease, the faster we wear-out our heart’s cardiovascular systems.
Your Family History: Your genes are a family affair! The facts are the conditions that give rise to coronary heart disease are largely inherited from your family members. Genetic conditions that cause heart disease tend to pass from generation to generation! According to a recent study, parents have a 60% to 70% chance of passing their genetic conditions along to their offspring. A first degree relative (your mother or your father) that has heart disease is one of the strongest indications that their children may be at risk of having heart disease!
Here Is The Good News!
You have 100% control over all of the following Risk Factors when you want to start trying to decrease your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke:
1. Eating A Healthy Diet 2. Lose Excess Weight 3. Exercise
4. Quit Smoking 5. Take Cholesterol Lowering Medication
Eating A Healthy Diet: Fiber is a major player in the fight against Coronary Artery Heart Disease! Just about everyone can afford to eat more fiber in their diets. Particularly people that are concerned about the health of their hearts!
That is because fiber is easily broken down by our bodies so it passes through our digestive systems unchanged. All you have to do is to increase the number of whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables a day and add legumes to your soups and salads and every morning eat a high-fiber cereal like oatmeal to reduce your cholesterol levels and make sure you drink lots of water every day.
Losing Excess Weight: Obesity is America’s greatest albatross. Despite all of the multi-million diets on the market, we are still overweight and very unhappy about it because Americans are still getting more and more obese! You don’t have to lose a lot of weight to see a difference in your health. If you are 40 or 50 pounds overweight, you don’t have to lose 49 pounds to see the results you are looking for. Even 10 or 15 pounds can make a big difference!
Exercising: First of all, just like medications, exercise works and it can be as effective as some of the most potent medicines on the market today. Daily exercise is best. Make sure you choose an exercise that is going to be fun for you to do! It doesn’t matter what type of exercise it is, as long as you are having fun and burning a lot calories when you do it. Make sure you warm up and cool down when you exercise!
Stop Smoking: If you are a smoker in this day and age, you must know that if you continue to smoke it is going to kill you! Did you know coronary artery disease kills more smokers that cancer? Smoking lowers the levels of your good HDL cholesterol.
Cigarette smoke also causes the already damaged arteries in your heart by constricting even further that puts you at risk of having a sudden heart attack, peripheral artery disease, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, and strokes!
You Can Lower Your LDL Cholesterol By Taking Medication
If Your Current Level of “bad” LDL Cholesterol is 120 mg/dL, or Higher, You Are Not Alone!
According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia about one in every six adults living in the United States have high levels of LDL Cholesterol which is one of the classic risk factors for Coronary Artery Disease that is the leading cause of death in this country.
So if you are not already taking a Statin drug, you should be! Statin drugs are derived from an Asian Fungus and have been used to combat coronary heart disease for thousands of years by lowering the levels of LDL Cholesterol which explains why they have been accepted word-wide!
The Following Are Considered To Be Healthy Levels of Cholesterol In Your Body.
If you have Heart Disease and your “bad” LDL Cholesterol is100 mg/dL (or less) it is at an almost healthy Level. However, your doctor may recommend that you reduce that level to 70mg/dL or lower just to be on the safe side!
And if you “Don’t” have heart disease and your LDL Cholesterol is between:
100 to 129 mg/dL: It is at an almost Healthy Level.
130 to 159 mg/d/L: It is at an almost Unhealthy Level.
160 to 189 mg/d/L: It is at a Unhealthy Level.
190 mg/dL or: It is at a very Unhealthy, Dangerous Level.
And if your “good” Cholesterol is a high number, that is a good thing since it’s the cholesterol in your bloodstream that helps keep the “bad” cholesterol in your arteries from building up!
If your level of “good” HDL cholesterol is less than 40 mg/dL and you are male, it is at an Unhealthy Level.
If your HDL level is less than 50 mg/dL, and you are female, it is at an Unhealthy Level.
If your HDL level is 60 mg/dL or higher if and you are male or female, it is at a Healthy Level.
If Your Triglyceride Are:
Less than 150mg/dL: They are at a Healthy Level.
150 to 199 mg/dL: They are at an almost Healthy Level.
200 to 499 mg/dL: They are at an “Unhealthy Level.
500 mg/dL, or higher : They are at a very Unhealthy Level.”
So, If You Aren’t Already Taking A Statin Drug, You Should Be!
So please take a look at all of the charts above and if you find any of the levels of your cholesterol are in, or near, the “Unhealthy Level”, contact your doctor and have them recommend a Statin drug that will help you bring your cholesterol levels to within their “Normal Healthy Range” since Statin drugs will not only lower the high levels of your bad LDL Cholesterol by as much as 30 to 50 percent, but they can also raise the level of your good HDL cholesterol by as much as 5 to 15 percent and lower your Triglycerides between 7 to 25 percent.