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High Cholesterol Levels Can Lead to High Blood Pressure

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High blood cholesterol can increase your blood pressure and plays a big part in your risk for stroke and coronary heart disease. One in every six adults in the US (17%) has high cholesterol levels.
Your total cholesterol can be broken down into different components. This assessment tool can tell you how your cholesterol levels look.

The Total Cholesterol value from your blood test is all that's required for this assessment. If you know any other levels, enter them here and you'll get a more complete assessment.


Results: Cholesterol Assessment

Enter your profile information and click Calculate to see results.

Quick Facts About High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure:

  • Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in your bloodstream. Excess cholesterol can clog up your arteries and increase your blood pressure.
  • Blood Cholesterol is different from Dietary Cholesterol, which is what we get from food.
  • About 36.6 million adults in the US have high cholesterol levels.
  • About 60-70% of your cholesterol is made up of LDL cholesterol ("Bad Cholesterol"). The rest is essentially HDL and Triglyceride.
  • A single blood test may not represent your normal cholesterol levels. Even if you have high cholesterol, you may feel perfectly healthy, so it's important that you have your cholesterol levels checked regularly.

Sources and Resources:

  • "Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on: Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Cholesterol in Adults" from the NHLBI.
  • "The Framingham Heart Study" from the NHLBI.
  • About High Cholesterol Levels from the American Heart Association
  • "Cholesterol Levels - What Numbers Should You Aim For?" from the Mayo Clinic
  • The National Center for Health Statistics
  • "Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition, and Human Performance" by McArdle, Katch, and Katch.
  • "Fitness and Health" by Brain Sharkey
  • "Principles & Labs for Physical Fitness and Wellness" by Hoeger and Hoeger
  • "Fit and Well" by Fahey, Insel, and Roth
  • "The Complete Book of Fitness" by Fitness Magazine and Karen Andes


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