High cholesterol is a common problem that affects nearly 40% of American adults, putting them at risk of heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks. At Greenbrook Medical in Seffner and New Port Richey, Florida, physicians Prakash Machhar, MD Raj Machhar, MD and the skilled staff offer treatments for high cholesterol to reduce your risk of complications. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
High cholesterol, also known as hyperlipidemia, is a common condition that affects your blood vessels and increases your risk of heart disease. It results when waxy substances build up in blood vessels and cause narrowing or blockages.
High cholesterol can occur because of lifestyle habits, genetics, and combinations of factors. Fortunately, it’s highly treatable when detected early.
There aren’t any symptoms associated with high cholesterol, which is why routine screening at Greenbrook Medical is essential. Without cholesterol screening, you might not know you have high cholesterol until you have a heart or blood vessel complication because of it.
Anyone can develop hyperlipidemia, but some factors boost your risk. Examples include:
Adopting healthy lifestyle habits is the best way to reduce your risk of developing high cholesterol, as well as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, diabetes, and heart disease.
To diagnose high cholesterol and develop a treatment plan, the experts at Greenbrook Medical review your medical history, ask about symptoms you have and medications you take, and complete a physical exam. Your provider takes a sample of your blood for an on-site lab to test it.
Common treatments for high cholesterol include:
Making lifestyle changes can reduce high cholesterol naturally. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, reduce your intake of saturated fats (animal fats), exercise daily, and get plenty of sleep. Increase your fiber intake, lose weight if you’re overweight, and don’t smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Keep stress levels as low as possible.
Your provider could recommend taking dietary supplements to help keep your cholesterol levels low.
Taking statins or other cholesterol-lowering medications can reduce high cholesterol if your levels are high or if other treatments haven’t worked.
To get screened or treated for high cholesterol, call the Greenbrook Medical office nearest you or request an appointment online today.