Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, but high levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.
With high cholesterol, you can develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits grow, making it difficult for enough blood to flow through your arteries. Sometimes, those deposits can break suddenly and form a clot that causes a heart attack or stroke.
High cholesterol can be inherited, but it’s often the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices, which make it preventable and treatable. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sometimes medication can help reduce high cholesterol.
Causes of Chest Pain Explained
Causes of chest pain can be related to a variety of symptoms. Over six million people visit hospital emergency annually because of chest pain.
Causes of chest pain can vary from life-threatening conditions to those that are relatively harmless. The most common causes of chest pain are musculoskeletal (30-50%) and gastrointestinal conditions (10-20%).
Pain due to coronary artery disease may radiate to the neck, jaw, and arms. Pleuritic pain typically worsens with respiration. Such pain is associated with several conditions of the heart and lungs.
Chest pain associated with body position or certain movements is possible of musculoskeletal origin, and so is a well-localized pain associated with tenderness on palpation (pushing on the spot).