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How does high cholesterol contribute to angina?

The narrowing, or atherosclerosis, that occurs in the arteries happens when deposits called plaques build up inside the arteries. Cholesterol is part of these plaques, so having high "bad" cholesterol can increase the atherosclerosis that occurs in the arteries. This can limit blood flow to the heart, causing angina.


Picture of plaque in coronary artery

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Angina

Just a fancy name for chest pain or discomfort, angina often points to an underlying heart problem. Although you may experience pressure or a squeezing sensation in your chest, the feeling may also occur in your neck, jaw, shoulde...

rs, back or arms. These symptoms warn doctors that you may have coronary heart disease, the most common form of heart disease in adults. (The fatty material that causes heart disease restricts the arteries; this restriction causes a reduction of oxygenated blood to the heart muscles, leading to chest pain.) Not all chest pain is caused by heart problems. Angina can result from a lung infection, panic attack or even a blockage in an artery of the lung, called pulmonary embolism. Always see a doctor so he or she can determine why you are having chest pain.
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