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LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is sometimes called "bad" cholesterol. A high LDL cholesterol level can raise your risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
LDL cholesterol carries mostly fat and only a small amount of protein from the liver to other parts of the body.
Current as of: December 16, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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