Cholesterol is a substance that is found in the fat cells in your blood, also known as lipids. The body requires a reasonable amount of cholesterol, but if it gets too high a person can run the risk of acquiring high cholesterol, therefore increasing the risk of heart disease.
When cholesterol enters an unhealthy range, the body is developing fatty deposits in the blood vessels making it difficult for enough blood to flow through the arteries. As a result of the deposit build-up, the heart does not receive enough oxygen-rich blood to properly function. The decreased oxygen-rich blood to the heart increases a person’s risk of a heart attack, and the decreased oxygen to the brain increases the risk of a stroke. High Cholesterol can be inherited, but it is greatly the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices.