You have this condition if there are high levels of cholesterol in the blood. There are three parts of cholesterol:
- Low density lipoproteins (LDL)—known as bad cholesterol. It causes build up of cholesterol and other fats in the body. High LDL levels can cause artery and heart disease.
- High density lipoproteins (HDL)—known as good cholesterol. It can remove cholesterol and other fats from the body. High levels of HDL can protect against heart disease.
- Triglycerides—a common form of fat in the body.