Keeping track of your cholesterol is essential to maintaining good cardiac health. The condition commonly called “high cholesterol” is more technically known as hyperlipidemia or dyslipidemia. It occurs when our blood has accumulated an excess of triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, or too little HDL cholesterol. One form of this condition, known as hypercholesterolemia, involves excess non-HDL and LDL cholesterol in your blood. Having any form of hyperlipidemia can result in the accumulation of plaque deposits within your arteries, putting you at risk of blockages that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Understanding Hyperlipidemia And How To Prevent It
A diagnosis of hyperlipidemia is an indication that it’s time to take action to get control of your health. But it’s important to understand that deciding on the best treatment for your cholesterol is complex. Other factors that increase the risk for artery blockages need to be considered, such as hypertension, prediabetes or diabetes, smoking, age, and family history of heart disease. However, with expert guidance, addressing all these concerns is possible, and managing high cholesterol can be critically important in lowering your heart disease and stroke risk. Anyone above 20 years of age should have their cholesterol levels tested regularly.
The steps you can take to treat your cholesterol and lower your risk for heart disease and stroke include:
- Changing your dietary choices to be more heart healthy
- Limiting the highly processed foods and fried foods in your diet
- Emphasizing whole foods
- Regular physical activity
- Restorative sleep
- Avoid toxins such as smoking and excess alcohol
- Maintaining a healthy weight
Contact Our Team For Help Managing Hyperlipidemia
If you’re concerned about high cholesterol and about improving your health, reach out to HealthspanMD™. We’ll schedule a consultation at our clinic in Phoenix, Arizona to evaluate the cholesterol levels in your system. We specialize in treating high cholesterol and have been helping patients with hyperlipidemia get the best care for their cholesterol so they can lower their risk of heart disease, stroke, atrial fibrillation, kidney disease, dementia, and early death. HealthspanMD™ specializes in a personalized, comprehensive, and connected approach that includes natural treatments like weight loss, improved diet, and lifestyle changes as a typical first approach. Our treatment goal is to minimize or eliminate medications as often as possible, but if cholesterol medications are needed, we make sure our patients are on the best medications with the most substantial benefits for them If you have hyperlipidemia, we’ll develop a treatment plan to restore your cholesterol to safe levels, as addressing high cholesterol is an essential part of maintaining lasting heart health.
Dr. Robert Todd Hurst, MD, FACC, FASE has extensive experience in treating patients with high cholesterol. He established HealthspanMD™ to help patients live longer, healthy, and vital lives. He brings over 25 years of experience at respected institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and the Banner Heart Institute. With over 50 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 educational presentations, he continues to be active in advancing heart health and providing leading-edge care for his patients.