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What are the health risks of having high cholesterol?

Having high cholesterol can lead to building up cholesterol in your arteries. The risk of building up cholesterol in your arteries, which is called plaque, is that your arteries become narrow and less blood flows through. This condition is called coronary artery disease. When plaque decreases blood flow to the heart, you may have chest pain. If plaque completely blocks an artery that carries blood to your heart, you may have a heart attack. Plaque buildup caused by high cholesterol levels can also increase your risk of having a stroke. Treatment for unhealthy cholesterol levels can help to decrease your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

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