Glossary

Glossary

  • Cholesterol - A substance found in animal cells and body fluids that is involved in cell function.
  • Dyslipidemia - A general term for an imbalance in the types of fats (lipids) in the blood. High triglycerides is a form of dyslipidemia.
  • HDL–C - High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) is often called the “good” cholesterol. HDL-C is carried from the blood vessels to the liver where the body can break it down. A high level of HDL-C may decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, while a low level may increase your risk.
  • Hypercholesterolemia - High levels of cholesterol
  • LDL–C - The “bad” cholesterol. Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is the major transporter of cholesterol in the bloodstream. Too much LDL can cause build up on the artery walls, causing atherosclerosis, which may increase the risk of heart attack.
  • Lipid - A type of molecule that includes fats. Triglycerides and cholesterol are both lipids.
  • Triglycerides - The most common storage form for lipids in the body.