#1 – Why are high cholesterol levels so dangerous?
Elevated LDL cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis, a disease in which cholesterol and plaques start to accumulate on the walls of the arteries, narrowing them and thus reducing blood flow.
This causes the heart to be constantly subjected to greater stress since it has to work harder to overcome the limitations provoked by the damage on the arteries. After some time, this extra stress can eventually lead to other complications such as stroke, coronary artery disease or peripheral artery disease.
In case you haven’t noticed, these heart diseases (coronary artery disease and stroke) are the two main causes of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization – in that order.
This clearly puts into perspective the importance of avoiding risky behaviors that can jeopardize your health, and especially the condition of your heart. Along with age, sex, smoking status, and blood pressure, cholesterol levels are a clear indicator of the probability of a heart attack in the medium-long term.