Heart & Blood Conditions

Expert reports about Heart & Blood Conditions


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE HIGH CHOLESTEROL WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is high cholesterol?

High cholesterol refers to the concentration of cholesterol in your blood being higher than it should be. You will hear doctors refer to high cholesterol as hypercholesterolemia, or sometimes type II dyslipidemia. When people talk about cholesterol levels, they really mean the concentration of special carrier vehicles that surround cholesterol as they transport it through your blood. The carrier vehicles are known as lipoproteins and there are several types. When doctors are talking about your blood cholesterol only (as opposed to your cholesterol plus other substances, namely triglycerides and chylomicrons), the two types of lipoproteins mentioned are called low density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density lipoprotein (HDL).


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