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Hypercholesterolemia is characterized by elevated levels of cholesterol in blood. One fraction of cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol or "bad" cholesterol) tends to deposit on blood vessel lining (atheromatous plaque) increasing the risk of a heart infarct or stroke. Another fraction called HDL- cholesterol ("good" cholesterol) offers limited protection against plaque formation.

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Predictive medicine

Medicine that links medical knowledge with data to predict a patient’s potential health problems. Examples include artificial intelligence and genetics.