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Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL)

Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), also called the “bad cholesterol”, is a lipoprotein that transports cholesterol in the body. It is the form in which most of your body’s cholesterol can be found. If you have high levels of LDL cholesterol, it can build up in your arteries, which can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.


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