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BLOOD CHOLESTEROL INCREASED Symptoms and Causes

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that's found in all the cells in your body. Your liver makes cholesterol, and it is also in some foods, such as meat and dairy products. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much cholesterol in your blood, you have a higher risk of coronary artery disease.

How do you measure cholesterol levels?

A blood test called a lipoprotein panel can measure your cholesterol levels. Before the test, you'll need to fast (not eat or drink anything but water) for 9 to 12 hours. The test gives information about your

  • Total cholesterol - a measure of the total amount of cholesterol in your blood. It includes the two types - low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
  • LDL (bad) cholesterol - the main source of cholesterol buildup and blockage in the arteries
  • HDL (good) cholesterol - HDL helps remove cholesterol from your arteries
  • Non-HDL - this number is your total cholesterol minus your HDL. Your non-HDL includes LDL and other types of cholesterol such as VLDL (very-low-density lipoprotein).
  • Triglycerides - another form of fat in your blood that can raise your risk for heart disease, especially in women
What do my cholesterol numbers mean?

Cholesterol numbers are measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Here are the healthy levels of cholesterol, based on your age and gender:

Anyone age 19 or younger:

Type of CholesterolHealthy LevelTotal CholesterolLess than 170mg/dLNon-HDLLess than 120mg/dLLDLLess than 100mg/dLHDLMore than 45mg/dL

Men age 20 or older:

Type of CholesterolHealthy LevelTotal Cholesterol125 to 200mg/dLNon-HDLLess than 130mg/dLLDLLess than 100mg/dLHDL40mg/dL or higher

Women age 20 or older:

Type of CholesterolHealthy LevelTotal Cholesterol125 to 200mg/dLNon-HDLLess than 130mg/dLLDLLess than 100mg/dLHDL50mg/dL or higher

Triglycerides are not a type of cholesterol, but they are part of a lipoprotein panel (the test that measures cholesterol levels). A normal triglyceride level is below 150 mg/dL. You might need treatment if you have triglyceride levels that are borderline high (150-199 mg/dL) or high (200 mg/dL or more).

How often should I get a cholesterol test?

When and how often you should get a cholesterol test depends on your age, risk factors, and family history. The general recommendations are:

For people who are age 19 or younger:

  • The first test should be between ages 9 to 11
  • Children should have the test again every 5 years
  • Some children may have this test starting at age 2 if there is a family history of high blood cholesterol, heart attack, or stroke

For people who are age 20 or older:

  • Younger adults should have the test every 5 years
  • Men ages 45 to 65 and women ages 55 to 65 should have it every 1 to 2 years
What affects my cholesterol levels?

A variety of things can affect cholesterol levels. These are some things you can do to lower your cholesterol levels:

  • Diet. Saturated fat and cholesterol in the food you eat make your blood cholesterol level rise. Saturated fat is the main problem, but cholesterol in foods also matters. Reducing the amount of saturated fat in your diet helps lower your blood cholesterol level. Foods that have high levels of saturated fats include some meats, dairy products, chocolate, baked goods, and deep-fried and processed foods.
  • Weight. Being overweight is a risk factor for heart disease. It also tends to increase your cholesterol. Losing weight can help lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. It also raises your HDL (good) cholesterol level.
  • Physical Activity. Not being physically active is a risk factor for heart disease. Regular physical activity can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels. It also helps you lose weight. You should try to be physically active for 30 minutes on most, if not all, days.
  • Smoking.Cigarette smoking lowers your HDL (good) cholesterol. HDL helps to remove bad cholesterol from your arteries. So a lower HDL can contribute to a higher level of bad cholesterol.

Things outside of your control that can also affect cholesterol levels include:

  • Age and Gender. As women and men get older, their cholesterol levels rise. Before the age of menopause, women have lower total cholesterol levels than men of the same age. After the age of menopause, women's LDL (bad) cholesterol levels tend to rise.
  • Heredity. Your genes partly determine how much cholesterol your body makes. High blood cholesterol can run in families.
  • Race. Certain races may have an increased risk of high blood cholesterol. For example, African Americans typically have higher HDL and LDL cholesterol levels than whites.
How can I lower my cholesterol?

There are two main ways to lower your cholesterol:

  • Heart-healthy lifestyle changes, which include:
    • Heart-healthy eating. A heart-healthy eating plan limits the amount of saturated and trans fats that you eat. Examples include the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet and the DASH Eating Plan.
    • Weight Management. If you are overweight, losing weight can help lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
    • Physical Activity. Everyone should get regular physical activity (30 minutes on most, if not all, days).
    • Managing stress. Research has shown that chronic stress can sometimes raise your LDL cholesterol and lower your HDL cholesterol.
    • Quitting smoking.Quitting smoking can raise your HDL cholesterol. Since HDL helps to remove LDL cholesterol from your arteries, having more HDL can help to lower your LDL cholesterol.
  • Drug Treatment. If lifestyle changes alone do not lower your cholesterol enough, you may also need to take medicines. There are several types of cholesterol medicines available, including statins. The medicines work in different ways and can have different side effects. Talk to your health care provider about which one is right for you. While you are taking medicines to lower your cholesterol, you should continue with the lifestyle changes.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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1 Recruiting The Additive Anti-inflammatory Effect of Simvastatin in Combination With Inhaled Corticosteroids on p38 MAPK in Asthma
Condition: Asthma
Interventions: Drug: Simvastatin;   Drug: B1-6-12
Outcome Measures: Sputum eosinophils;   Phosphorylated p38 MAPK in sputum cells
2 Recruiting Study of Metformin With Simvastatin for Men With Prostate Carcinoma
Condition: Prostate Carcinoma
Interventions: Drug: Metformin;   Drug: Simvastatin
Outcome Measures: Efficacy, as measured by an improvement in PSA doubling time (PSADT) between baseline and 6 months, of the combination of metformin plus Simvastatin in patients with recurrent prostate cancer following definitive treatment.;   Time to protocol-specified event for men treated with the combination of metformin plus Simvastatin.;   Pattern of change in log PSA levels and PSA velocity over time during treatment with metformin plus Simvastatin.;   Associations between changes in metabolic parameters (fasting glucose/insulin/lipid panel/leptin/adiponectin and others) with the pattern of change in log PSA levels.
3 Unknown  Trial of XELIRI/FOLFIRI + Simvastatin Followed by Simvastatin Maintenance in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Condition: Colorectal Cancer
Intervention: Drug: Simvastatin
Outcome Measure: Progression free survival
4 Recruiting Safety of Simvastatin in LAM and TSC
Conditions: Lymphangioleiomyomatosis;   Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
Intervention: Drug: Simvastatin
Outcome Measures: Safety of Simvastatin in the treatment of LAM-S and LAM-TS patients on a stable (for at least 3 months) dose of sirolimus or everolimus.;   FEV1, FVC, DLCO, VEGF-D, and QOL; signs of clinical benefit.
5 Not yet recruiting Detection and Prevention of Anthracycline-Related Cardiac Toxicity With Concurrent Simvastatin
Conditions: Breast Cancer;   Stage I Breast Cancer;   Stage II Breast Cancer;   Stage III Breast Cancer
Interventions: Drug: Simvastatin;   Drug: Doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide
Outcome Measures: Change in echocardiographic Global Longitudinal Strain (GLS);   Number of participants with adverse events as a measure of safety and tolerability;   Recurrence free survival (RFS) with concurrent Simvastatin
6 Recruiting Stroke Treatment With Acute Reperfusion and Simvastatin
Condition: Stroke, Acute
Intervention: Drug: Simvastatin
Outcome Measures: The primary outcome of this study is to determine whether Simvastatin treatment started within the first 12 hours from stroke onset improves neurological and functional outcomes, evaluated at seventh day/discharge or at the third month.;   The secondary outcome of this study is to demonstrate that Simvastatin is safe and not associated with higher rates of hemorrhagic transformation in patients who receive thrombolysis.
7 Recruiting Simvastatin and Fenofibrate vs Simvastatin Alone in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Acute Coronary Syndrome
Conditions: Acute Coronary Syndrome;   Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2;   Hypertriglyceridemia
Interventions: Drug: Fenofibrate;   Drug: Simvastatin
Outcome Measures: Percentage change from baseline in triglycerides (TG) at week 12;   Percentage of patients who achieved non-High-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol (non-HDL-C) level less than 2,6 mmol/l at week 12;   Percentage changes from baseline in apoB/apoA1 ratio at week 12;   Percentage changes from baseline in non-High-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol (non-HDL-C) at week 12;   Percentage changes from baseline in High-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol (HDL-C) at week 12;   Percentage changes from baseline in Low-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol (LDL-C) at week 12;   Percentage changes from baseline in uric acid at week 12;   Percentage of patients who achieved non-High-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol (non-HDL-C) level less than 2,6 mmol/l at week 52;   Percentage changes from baseline in apoB/apoA1 ratio at week 52;   Percentage changes from baseline in non-High-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol (non-HDL-C) at week 52;   Percentage changes from baseline in High-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol (HDL-C) at week 52;   Percentage changes from baseline in Low-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol (LDL-C) at week 52;   Percentage changes from baseline in uric acid at week 52
8 Recruiting Efficacy Study of Simvastatin to Treat Chronic Rhinosinusitis After Failure of Optimal Treatment
Condition: Rhinosinusitis
Intervention: Drug: Simvastatin
Outcome Measures: Sino-Nasal symptomatology;   Bacterial culture;   Assessemt of liver and kidney functions;   RNA measurement of inflammatory biomarkers;   Sinus-Specific Quality of Life (22 questions Sino-nasal outcome test; SNOT-22);   Aspect of sinus mucosa aspect assessed by sinus endoscopy
9 Unknown  Simvatstatin Used to Treat Pulmonary Hypertension
Condition: Hypertension, Pulmonary
Intervention: Drug: Simvastatin
Outcome Measures: the Simvastatin can alleviate pulmonary hypertension;   pulmonary pressure;   Simvastatin can highten the perioperative and long term survaval rate and the living quality
10 Recruiting Effects of Simvastatin on Biomarkers
Condition: Alzheimer's Disease
Interventions: Drug: Simvastatin;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: Cerebral Spinal Fluid Biomarker measurements;   Measures of inflammation or oxidative stress in cerebral spinal fluid.
11 Recruiting Simvastatin Addition for Patients With Recent-onset Schizophrenia
Conditions: Schizophrenia;   Schizoaffective Disorder;   Schizophreniform Disorder;   Psychosis NOS
Interventions: Drug: Simvastatin;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: Change in Positive And Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) total score;   Change in PANSS positive, negative and general psychopathology scale scores;   Change in Global Assessment of functioning scale (GAF) score;   Change in cognitive functioning;   Presence and severity of metabolic syndrome;   Change in presence and severity of movement disorders using validated scales
12 Unknown  Effects of Nicotinic Acid Plus Simvastatin Versus Simvastatin Alone on Carotid and Femoral Intima-Media Thickness in Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease (NASCIT)
Conditions: Dyslipidemia;   Atherosclerosis
Interventions: Drug: Simvastatin;   Drug: Nicotinic Acid
Outcome Measures: change of carotid and femoral IMT from baseline to 6 and 12 months follow up and occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE);   changes of grey scale median (GSM) score from baseline to follow-up, and changes of serum levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c), triglycerides and lipoprotein (a).
13 Not yet recruiting The Short-term Effects of Simvastatin on the Vision of Males Affected by Choroideremia
Condition: Choroideremia
Intervention: Drug: Simvastatin
Outcome Measures: Full-field scotopic threshold;   Microperimetry, OCT, fundus autofluorescence, ERG, VA
14 Recruiting Effect of Simvastatin Treatment on Vaso-occlusive Pain in Sickle Cell Disease
Condition: Sickle Cell Disease
Intervention: Drug: Simvastatin
Outcome Measures: Vaso-occlusive pain events;   Correlation of plasma biomarkers with clinical measures of vaso-occlusive pain;   Clinical safety of Simvastatin
15 Recruiting Simvastatin Augmentation of Lithium Treatment in Bipolar Depression
Condition: Bipolar Disorder
Interventions: Drug: Simvastatin;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measure: Change in MADRS (4 weeks)
16 Recruiting Simvastatin for mTBI
Condition: TBI-Traumatic Brain Injury
Interventions: Drug: Simvastatin;   Drug: placebo
Outcome Measures: cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tau concentration;   Concentration of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)
17 Unknown  Oxidative Stress Lowering Effect of Simvastatin and Atorvastatin.
Conditions: Diabetes Mellitus;   Hypertension
Interventions: Drug: atrorvastatin 10mg;   Drug: Simvastatin 40mg
Outcome Measures: Reduction in oxLDL levels;   Reduction in plasma malondialdehydes and urine isoprostanes;   Reduction in plasma endothelial function parameters such as soluble Vascular Adhesion Molecule (sVCAM) and von Willebrand factor
18 Unknown  Pilot Mouthwash Study of Pioglitazone and Simvastatin in Healthy Volunteers
Conditions: Cystic Fibrosis;   Anti Inflammatory Non-Steroidal;   Neutrophils
Interventions: Drug: Pioglitazone;   Drug: Simvastatin;   Drug: Ibuprofen
Outcome Measure: Neutrophil delivery to the oral mucosa using a noninvasive mouth wash technique
19 Recruiting Simvastatin Effect on Radiation Therapy of Brain Metastases
Condition: Brain Metastases
Interventions: Drug: Simvastatin in addition to radiation therapy;   Radiation: radiation therapy
Outcome Measures: a- Response rate;   progression free and overall survival;   adverse effects
20 Recruiting Sarilumab Effect on the Pharmacokinetics of Simvastatin
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Interventions: Drug: sarilumab SAR153191 (REGN88);   Drug: Simvastatin
Outcome Measures: Assessment of PK parameters - area under curve from zero time until the last measurable concentration (AUClast) and AUC for Simvastatin;   Assessment of PK parameters - maximum concentration (Cmax), time to maximum concentration (tmax), and terminal half-life associated with the terminal slope (t1/2z) for Simvastatin;   Assessment of PK parameters - Cmax, AUClast, AUC, tmax, t1/2z for Simvastatin acid;   Number of participants with adverse events