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Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (LDL Cholesterol)

LDL cholesterol stands for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; a fat found in the blood that takes cholesterol around the body to where it is needed for cell repair and also deposits it on the inside of artery walls. Sometimes called "bad" cholesterol.

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(Source: NIH - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

Terms to know

Arteries
A blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to tissues and organs in the body.
Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body.
High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (HDL Cholesterol)
HDL cholesterol stands for high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which is a fat found in the blood that takes extra cholesterol from the blood to the liver for removal. Sometimes called "good" cholesterol.
Lipids
A fatty, waxy, or oily compound that will not dissolve in water. Lipids are a major part of biological membranes.
Lipoproteins
Lipid-protein complexes involved in the transportation and metabolism of lipids in the body.
Very Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (VLDL cholesterol)
VLDL stands for very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. A form of cholesterol in the blood. High levels may be related to cardiovascular disease.

Terms to know

Arteries
A blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to tissues and organs in the body....
Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that...
High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (HDL Cholesterol)
HDL cholesterol stands for high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which is a fat found in the blood that takes...
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