Your Cholesterol Guide

About one in every 75 South Africans has elevated blood cholesterol levels, an important risk factor for heart disease and stroke. High cholesterol may be the result of your genes, dietary and lifestyle factors or another disease (such as kidney disease). Called the "silent killer", high cholesterol itself causes no symptoms and could easily go undetected until serious damage occurs. For this reason, screening and regular follow-up testing is recommended, especially for people at risk of high cholesterol levels.