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Hypercholesterolemia (High Cholesterol) is a condition where the body has unusually high levels of fats in the blood [2]. It can be caused by lifestyle factors such as diet and lack of exercise, or it can be inherited through familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), which is a genetic disorder that affects about 1 in 250 people [4]. Symptoms may not appear until later stages, but left untreated it can increase risk for heart attack and stroke [3]. Treatment typically involves lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, along with medications to lower cholesterol if needed [1][5][6].


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[2]: Hypercholesterolemia (High Cholesterol) > Fact Sheets > Yale ... (https://www.yalemedicine.org/conditions/high-cholesterol)
[3]: Hyperlipidemia (High Cholesterol): Levels, Causes, Symptoms ... (https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/21656-hyperlipidemia)
[4]: Familial Hypercholesterolemia | CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/genomics/disease/fh/FH.htm)
[5]: What to Do When High Cholesterol Runs in Your Family | Johns ... (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/high-cholesterol/what-to-do-when-high-cholesterol-runs-in-your-family)
[6]: Cholesterol | cdc.gov (https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/index.htm)

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Hypercholesterolemia is a condition in which there are abnormally high levels of cholesterol in the blood. It can be caused by lifestyle factors such as an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, smoking, and obesity. It can also be caused by genetic factors or certain medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease. Treatment for hypercholesterolemia typically involves lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, exercising regularly, quitting smoking if applicable, and maintaining a healthy weight. Medications may also be prescribed to help lower cholesterol levels if necessary.