Many people worry about their cholesterol because high in the blood can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
People are considered to have high cholesterol (“hypercholesterolemia”) when certain levels are exceeded. High are not a medical condition on their own. Also, there are different opinions on what is considered to be too high. It is important to remember that high cholesterol is just one of many risk factors for cardiovascular disease. This means that alone tell us little about a person’s risk.