Published: 03/11/2016 - Updated: 06/20/2017
Cholesterol is necessary for the functioning of the body, however its excess, known as hypercholesterolemia, may produce a higher risk of developing heart disease.
There are two types of cholesterol, low density or LDL and high density or HDL. It is the first type which relates to higher risks of heart disease because LDL cholesterol, when there is an excess in the body, can become deposited on the wall of the arteries and this is when it can cause a risk. Meanwhile, HDL is known as good cholesterol because of its properties and functions in the body.
As it is an asymptomatic condition, hypercholesterolemia may go unnoticed and often requires controls in order to detect levels of blood cholesterol.
Hypercholesterolemia is considered to be levels above 200 mg/dl total cholesterol in the blood,while the higher levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood should not exceed 100 mg/dl to avoid risks in our health.