A substance found in certain foods such as eggs, meat, and dairy products. There are two types of cholesterol: "bad" cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL), increases plaque deposits inside the arteries. "Good" cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein (HDL), helps carry fat away from artery walls.
Blood vessels that supply the heart with blood, oxygen, and vital nutrients.
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Also referred to as coronary artery disease. This condition is a result of the build-up of plaque, a material made of fat, cholesterol, and other substances found in the blood. When plaque builds up over time, it can narrow the arteries, reducing normal blood flow to the heart. This narrowing can prevent the heart from pumping blood efficiently, which may cause many symptoms, such as chest pain. If not treated, CHD can lead to serious heart conditions, including heart attack.
A protein present in the blood that rises during episodes of inflammation, such as those associated with coronary artery disease. High levels of C-reactive protein can indicate an increased risk for CHD.