Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in the body’s bloodstream that is essential for many bodily functions. Too much cholesterol, however, can lead to increased risk of heart disease or stroke.
There are two types of cholesterol: LDL (bad) and HDL (good).
High levels of LDL cholesterol can lead to a disease called atherosclerosis – the buildup of plague on artery walls. That can lead to blocked arteries or restricted blood flow to and from the heart and brain.
HDL cholesterol can protect against heart disease, and many medical experts believe it actually helps prevent the blockage of arteries by removing excess cholesterol from artery walls.
Coastal Carolina Research Center has conducted over 250 clinical trials over the past 10 years, including several pertaining to high cholesterol. We currently have ongoing high cholesterol clinical trials, listed here. Participants who qualify for clinical trials generally receive compensation for their time and travel expenses.
If you are interested in being considered for one of the current high cholesterol studies please select the study and click the Apply Here link (upper right hand side of page). If you would like to be considered for another type of study in the future please click here to submit your interest and the next clinical study we obtain we promise to contact you.
A desirable total cholesterol level is less than 200 mg/dL, which generally means a decreased risk of heart disease. (Other health issues, such as high blood pressure and obesity, are also factors for heart disease.) A level between 200-239 mg/dL is borderline-high risk. A level above 240 or above is a high risk for heart disease.
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