What is hyperlipidemia?

Susie Whitworth

Hyperlipidemia is an elevation of fat in the bloodstream. There are different types of lipids, including:

1) cholesterol

2) cholesterol esters

3) phospholipids

4) triglycerides

The term hyperlipidemia is used to describe elevated lipoproteins in the blood.

Sander VanCleeff, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Hyperlipidemia refers to excess levels of fats in the blood. These fats can be triglycerides or cholesterol. Hyperlipidemia is often associated with increased risk of heart disease and strokes. There are genetic disorders that predispose people to hyperlipidemia.

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