Cholesterol animation | Heart disease risk factors

Cholesterol animation | Heart disease risk factors


Cholesterol is a fat that travels in
your bloodstream through your body. Your cells use cholesterol as a building
material. Over time, a lot of cholesterol can build
up inside the walls of your arteries. A build-up of cholesterol causes
fatty streaks to form in your arteries. This is part of a process called
atherosclerosis. which narrows and stiffens the arteries. The longer the cholesterol sits in the artery walls, the harder it gets. Eventually a fatty
streak can get so large and hard that it cracks, causing a clot to form
around the crack. This clot can block the artery, causing
a heart attack or stroke. It’s never too late to make changes to
protect your heart. Think about your future: being there for
your family, your plans and dreams. Could your cholesterol and risk of heart attack or stroke affect this? There are steps you can take
today to lower your risk. If you smoke, stop smoking. Make heart
healthy eating and drinking choices, move more, lose weight, talk to a doctor
about medications.

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