Genetic Testing for Family Heart Disease

Your body needs some cholesterol to help your cells to function. Too much cholesterol, though, greatly increases your risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

There are no symptoms for high cholesterol, so the only way to know if you have too much is through a cholesterol test. These are also known as lipid panels or lipid profiles.

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