Cholesterol, from the Ancient Greek chole- and stereos followed by the chemical suffix -ol for an alcohol, is an organic molecule.

It is a sterol, a type of lipid molecule, and is biosynthesized by all animal cells, because it is an essential structural component of all animal cell membranes;

essential to maintain both membrane structural integrity and fluidity.

Cholesterol enables animal cells to dispense with a cell wall, thereby allowing animal cells to change shape and animals to move.

Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid in your blood)

What is it ?

When blood cant get to your heart, your heart muscle doesn't get the oxygen it needs. Without oxygen, its cells can be damage or die.

The key to recovery is to get your blood flow restored quickly. Get medical help right away if you think you're having symptoms of a heart attack.

There are different types of Cholesterol

LDL - "bad cholesterol" is the kind that can raise your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

HDL - "good cholesterol" is the kink is linked to a lower risk of heart disease , heart attack, and stroke.

Why does cholesterol matter?

Your cholesterol levels can help your Doctor found out your risks of having a heart attack or stroke. But it's just not about your cholesterol. Your doctor uses your cholesterol levels plus other things to calculate your risk. These include:

  • Your blood pressure
  • Whether or not you have diabetes
  • Your age, sex and race
  • Whether or not your smoke

What affects cholesterol levels?

Many things can affect cholesterol levels including:

  • The foods you eat
  • Being overweight
  • Being inactive
  • Age
  • Family history