Cholesterol is a substance found in the blood. It is needed for good health. However, too much cholesterol can become an issue. Compared people with normal cholesterol, people with high cholesterol have a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes and other heart problems. The higher your cholesterol is the higher your risk of these problems.


  • Total cholesterol
  • LDL cholesterol – Some people call this ” bad” cholesterol. That’s because having high LDL raises your risk of heart attacks,strokes, and other serious health problems.
  • HDL cholesterol – Some people call this the “good” cholesterol. That’s people with high HDL levels tend to have a lower risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other health problems.
  • Triglycerides– Triglycerides are not cholesterol. They are another type of fat. But they often get measured when cholesterol is measured.


Heart Failure is a condition in which heart does not pump effectively. This may compromise the hearts ability to adequately profuse blood throughout our body/organs. This may lead to symptoms, such as swelling, trouble breathing and feeling tired.

What are the symptoms of Heart failure

If your heart does not pump well, at first you will have no symptoms. But as the condition gets worse, it can cause :

  • Fatigue, muscle weakness, or make you feel dizzy or light headed.
  • Shortness of breath, which might lead you to be less active.
  • Palpitations of the heart , even at rest.
  • Swelling in your lower extremities such as feet and ankles.


Carotid artery disease is a condition that can increase a person’s risk of having a stroke. The condition does not usually cause symptoms. It  happens when fatty deposits called plaque buildup inside blood vessels called the “carotid arteries.” These are the 2 main blood vessels that bring blood to the brain. When plaque forms in these arteries, they can become narrow, obstructing blood flow.



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