What is the definition of hyperlipidemia?


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Hyperlipidemia is defined as a condition where the blood contains too much fat, or lipids, according to the American Heart Association.While hyperlipidemia may be associated with a number of other conditions, in most cases, it is increased levels of triglycerides and cholesterol that are responsible for the excess of lipids. On the other hand, higher levels of HDL cholesterol help lower the amount of "bad" cholesterol in the arteries.

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Initial treatment for hyperlipidemia usually starts with trying to lower cholesterol, by both altering the diet to make healthier choices and by exercising more, says the American Heart Association. If the doctor deems it necessary, medications may be prescribed to augment exercise and changes in diet.

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