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Understanding Cholesterol

Understanding Cholesterol

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Cholesterol is important as high levels in your blood can lead to narrowing and blockage of arteries and this increases your rick of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) - one of the most common causes of death and disability in Europe, North America and Australia. CHD usually results from abnormalities that narrow the arteries, hence the name 'coronary heart disease'. Narrowing of these arteries may restrict or completely block the supply of blood to your heart muscle. This process can also occur in other parts of your circulation.


  • Introduction
  • Lipids important to the body
  • Bad cholesterol and good cholesterol
  • What causes high blood cholesterol levels?
  • How is hypercholesterolaemia diagnosed?
  • How is hypercholesterolaemia treated?
  • Special cases
  • Useful addresses
  • Index

About the author

Dr Mike Laker - is a Consultant and Reader in Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine in Newcastle. He has extensive experience in cholesterol and fat metabolism, with particular interests in their relationship to coronary heart disease and diabetes mellitus. He is a past Secretary of the Britich Hyperlipidaemia Association.

Dr Tony Smith - family Doctor Publications' Medical Editor-in-Chief was for many years Deputy Editor of the British Medical Journal and continues to work as an Assiciate Editor. He is the Medical Editor of both the Complete Family Health Encylopaedia and the Family Doctor Home Advisor

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