High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia) FAQs
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Q:What is cholesterol?
A:Cholesterol is a fatty, waxy substance that is present in every cell of the body and is carried in the bloodstream.
Q:Cholesterol in the body is produced by the liver. True or false?
Q:Most of the cholesterol in our diets comes from where?
A:Dietary cholesterol comes from animal-derived foods, including egg yolks, fatty meats, poultry, dairy, and regular cheese.
Q:What are symptoms of high cholesterol?
A:Elevated blood cholesterol has been linked to serious health complications, but high cholesterol typically does not produce symptoms or signs.
Q:High cholesterol is not seen in children. True or false?
Q:"Plaques" are cholesterol deposits in the blood vessels and arteries. True or false?
Q:Heart attack and stroke are similar events. True or false?
Q:Medications that lower cholesterol are called statins. True or false?
Q:There is little that can be done to control high cholesterol. True or false?
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