Over 102 million American adults are living with high cholesterol and many more remain undiagnosed. At Premier Cardiology Consultants, with offices in New Hyde Park on Long Island, and Forest Hills, Rochdale, Jamaica, and Richmond Hill in Queens, New York, you can receive routine cholesterol screenings and comprehensive care to manage your high cholesterol and prevent long-term health issues. Learn more about available treatments by calling Premier Cardiology Consultants to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.
Your body produces cholesterol, a waxy substance that protects your nerve health helps with hormone production and creates new cell tissue.
Cholesterol is mainly made in your liver and you get additional cholesterol from the foods you eat. While cholesterol is necessary for good health, too much cholesterol can lead to long-term health complications.
There are two types of cholesterol, known as good and bad cholesterol. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) is known as good cholesterol because it travels around your body collecting excess cholesterol from your blood.
The bad cholesterol is known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which delivers cholesterol to other areas of your body.
When too much bad cholesterol builds up in your arteries, it can form a plaque that interferes with healthy blood flow. Over time, plaque hardens and causes your arteries to narrow or become blocked.
This blockage increases your risk for heart-related complications, including heart attacks, stroke, and permanent heart damage.
High cholesterol doesn’t cause any symptoms and it’s important that you have routine cholesterol checks to monitor your levels.
Your Premier Cardiology Consultants doctor may recommend routine screenings if you have risk factors that increase the likelihood you’ll have problems with your cholesterol. These risk factors include:
Your risk for high cholesterol also increases as you get older and if you don’t get enough daily exercise.
Cholesterol screenings involve a simple, in-office blood test and the evaluation of your cholesterol levels in a medical lab.
Initially, your Premier Cardiology Consultants doctor may discuss lifestyle and dietary changes to lower your cholesterol naturally.
This includes getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day and eating a low-fat, healthy diet. If you’re currently overweight, your doctor can work with you to help you lose pounds and maintain a healthy weight.
When lifestyle changes and a better diet aren’t enough to control cholesterol levels, you may need to take medications to reduce existing cholesterol in your blood or slow down the production of cholesterol.
If you have a family history of high cholesterol or need help managing cholesterol levels, schedule a consultation at Premier Cardiology Consultants online or by calling the office nearest you.