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High Blood Cholesterol can cause a Heart Attack

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August 27th, 2013

Cholesterol is the waxy, fat-like substance found in all cells of the body. Human body needs some cholesterol and creates the same to make hormones, Vitamin D, and substances that help to digest foods. Cholesterol is also found in the foods that we eat. However, a very high level of blood cholesterol can be serious and is one of the known heart attack warning signs. High blood cholesterol does not have any obvious symptoms and so many people are unaware of the problem till it actually results a painful stage or angina pain.

Cholesterol builds up on the walls of arteries - the blood vessels that carry blood from heart to other parts of the body. This buildup of cholesterol is known as plaque. Over time, plaque causes narrowing and hardening of the arteries. This is called atherosclerosis and implies the development of heart attack warning signs. Narrowing and hardening of the coronary arteries reduces the supply of oxygen rich blood from lungs to heart and large plaque areas lead to chest pain or angina. Treatment for such pain is possible through medications but it is important to get the problem diagnosed medically. Certain plaques have a thin covering and rupture to release fat and cholesterol into the bloodstream. The release of fat and cholesterol causes blood to clot and this blocks the flow of blood. The blockage can cause heart attack. This is why it is important to get appropriate medical treatment on time.

By lowering the cholesterol levels one can decrease the chance of plaque bursts that cause heart attack. Lowering cholesterol can also slow down or even stop the buildup of plaque.

Causes of High Blood Cholesterol

  • More than any other thing in diet, foods rich in saturated fat raise the cholesterol level in the body. Consumption of fries, burgers, greasy chips and other fatty foods must be avoided by people who have noticed heart attack warning signs. Cholesterol is also found in foods like egg yolk, meat and cheese.
  • Obesity can also raise the level of blood cholesterol. Being overweight tends to increase low-density lipoprotein and this increases cholesterol level.
  • Lack of adequate physical activity or exercise leads to obesity which eventually increases cholesterol level.


To keep away from heart attack warning signs and coronary artery diseases, it is important to take a proper diet and get regular physical exercise. Cigarette smoking and alcohol intake must also be controlled in heart patients.  

At Florida Heart group, we have all the facilities for diagnosis and treatment of cholesterol related problems as also angina treatment. Do not ignore even minor heart attack warning signs and get the treatment by the best Orlando doctors at Florida Heart Group