Cholesterol Education - 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. Experts remind that high cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, which is the number one killer of Americans. NIH nutritionist, Janet De Jesus explains that cholesterol itself is a waxy, fatty-type substance in the body.
De Jesus: It circulates through the body naturally, but if there’s too much of it, it can cause problems and basically it builds up as plaque in your arteries and it causes hardening of the arteries, which is called atherosclerosis if it’s in the coronary arteries and this leads to coronary artery disease, which is the major type of heart disease.
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