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High cholesterol





Normal levels of cholesterol can help maintain healthy cells, but high levels of cholesterol in the body can cause high blood pressure which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Click here to learn more about high cholesterol’s risk factors, prevention, and

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in the blood, normal levels of cholesterol help maintain healthy cells. However, too much cholesterol can disrupt blood flow through the arteries and can lead to a heart attack or stroke. This is known as high cholesterol.



Symptoms

  • High cholesterol has no symptoms.

Diagnose

  • Blood test

Risk Factors

  • Poor diet

  • Obesity

  • Lack of Exercise

  • Alcohol

  • Smoking

  • Age

Prevention

  • Eating healthy - follow a low sodium diet, eat fruits and veggies and whole grains

  • Stay active at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes

  • Limit animal fat and eat healthy fats

  • Loose weight

  • Quit smoking

  • Drink alcohol in moderation

  • Manage Stress

  • Yearly Physical with Doctor

Treatment

  • Lifestyles changes such as exercising and eating help but if cholesterol levels remain high medication will be prescribed.

  • There are different types of medication, your doctor will look at various factors like age, health, and possible side effects.

If you feel you may be at risk of high cholesterol please consult your primary care doctor to get you the treatment you need to live your best life.


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