March 1997 Issue

Heart Disease Handbook - Part 2: Deciphering Blood Cholesterol

(Second in a four-part series on heart disease) Look around you. Count off every fifth adult you see—nearly 38 million Americans in all—and you have the number of people with high blood cholesterol. All are at risk for atherosclerosis, the type of heart disease that clogs arteries and can eventually stop blood flow to the heart. The sometimes deadly consequences? A heart attack. Despite the danger of elevated blood cholesterol to an otherwise

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