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41 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HYPERTENSION AND HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA - 2008

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  • High cholesterol, just like high blood pressure, accelerates the atherosclerotic and atheromatic process resulting in increased risk of cardiovascular incidents (mainly of myocardial infarction).
  • Cholesterol levels are not regulated only by the dietary intake. In fact, cholesterol is mainly produced by our own body (the liver) and a smaller percentage comes from food which is rich in animal lipids (eg. eggs, meat, dairy products etc.).
  • Therefore the increase in cholesterol blood levels is attributed to both an impaired metabolism and also an increase in the intake of animal lipids. Very occasionally, it may be attributed to other diseases such as decreased thyroid function (hypothyroidism) or renal damage (nephritic syndrome).
  • The increase of cholesterol and triglycerides is not manifested by any symptoms.

WRITING GROUP
G. Stergiou, Chairman
A. Achimastos
E. Andreadis
I. Avramopoulos
M. Elissaf
N. Karatzas
T. Mountokalakis
D. Papadogiannis
K. Siamopoulos
E. Varsamis
K. Vemmos
D. Vlahakos