Cholesterol is needed to build healthy cells. But high levels of cholesterol can lead to fatty deposits in the blood vessels making it difficult for enough blood to flow through your arteries and increase your risk of heart diseases such as heart attack and stroke. High cholesterol can be inherited, but it’s often the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices, which make it preventable and treatable. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sometimes medication can help reduce high cholesterol. Blood test is used for detection and the frequency of testing is dependent of the patient’s health and family history. High cholesterol can cause a dangerous accumulation of cholesterol and other deposits on the walls of your arteries (atherosclerosis). These deposits (plaques) can reduce blood flow through your arteries, which can cause complications. Our Team at ENIHEALTHCARE will review your health history and order the lab work for the diagnosis.
Factors you can control — such as inactivity, obesity, and an unhealthy diet — contribute to harmful cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Factors beyond your control might play a role, too. For example, your genetic makeup might make it more difficult for your body to remove LDL cholesterol from your blood or break it down in the liver. Some other Medical conditions or medications can cause unhealthy cholesterol levels.
There are different types of cholesterol:
A lipid profile also typically measures triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood. Having a high triglyceride level also can increase your risk of heart disease.
Factors that can increase your risk of unhealthy cholesterol levels include:
Lifestyle changes such as exercising and eating a healthy diet are the first line of defense against high cholesterol. But, if you have made these important lifestyle changes and your cholesterol levels remain high, your doctor might recommend medication.
The choice of medication or combination of medications depends on various factors, including your personal risk factors, your age, your health, and possible drug side effects. Our Team at ENIHEALTHCARE will collaborate with you on the best treatment plan. Call us or Book your appointment online to initiate your way to a healthier thriving lifestyle management.