Why Cholesterol Has Very Little to Do with Heart Attacks

MYOCARDIAL infarction
OMEGA-3 fatty acids
MYOCARDIUM
CHOLESTEROL
INFLAMMATION
HEART -- Diseases -- Patients

Abstract:The article explains the primary cause of fatal heart attacks. Lack of sufficient levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in the heart muscle can also lead to a fatal heart attack caused by chaotic electric rhythms in the heart. Cholesterol is a secondary factor that plays a far lesser role in fatal heart attacks than silent inflammation. It is far more important to decrease silent inflammation than to decrease cholesterol to reduce the chances for a fatal heart attack. Various epidemiological studies have shown that increased serum cholesterol levels occurred more often in heart disease patients. High total cholesterol levels after age 47 appeared to have no impact on cardiovascular death.

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