Fewer than half of Americans with high cholesterol get treatment. If you’re worried about high cholesterol, rely on the expertise of Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas. The physicians at Prime Internal Medicine Associates diagnose high cholesterol with a blood test and recommends lifestyle changes and medications to lower your cholesterol levels. Take charge of your health today by calling the office or booking a consultation online.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance. Cholesterol comes in good and unhealthy forms. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are the harmful type, while high-density lipoproteins (HDL) are the healthy kind.
Your body needs some cholesterol. However, too much cholesterol can build up on your artery walls, leading to heart disease and stroke.
High cholesterol can run in families. Additionally, an unhealthy lifestyle can cause your body to make an excess of LDL cholesterol. Certain factors may increase your cholesterol levels, such as:
Changing your lifestyle can help improve your cholesterol levels.
High cholesterol has no symptoms, so you won't know your cholesterol is too high. Having elevated cholesterol levels doubles your risk of heart disease when compared to people with lower levels. That's why it's best to get a blood test at Prime Internal Medicine Associates to check for high cholesterol before you experience a serious health problem.
A cholesterol test checks your blood for signs of high cholesterol. You’ll need to avoid drinking or eating anything about 9-12 hours before your test.
The test evaluates the amount of LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides (a type of fat) in your blood. If your results come back showing your cholesterol is high, your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider talks with you about your treatment options.
Making simple changes to your lifestyle can help to manage your cholesterol levels. Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider discusses changes such as:
They may recommend medications to manage your high cholesterol. These medications include statins, which help to reduce the amount of unhealthy cholesterol, or resins, which help your body eliminate cholesterol on its own. Another treatment option is drugs called selective cholesterol absorption inhibitors. These medications prevent the absorption of unhealthy cholesterol.
If you’re ready for a comprehensive treatment plan for high cholesterol, or it’s been a while since you’ve had a cholesterol test, call Prime Internal Medicine Associates today or book a consultation online.