High Cholesterol Treatment
Talking about high cholesterol can be confusing because you may have heard that there is both “good” and “bad” cholesterol. You may have even heard conflicting information as to whether certain foods should be avoided because of their bad cholesterol content. Our medical team at HerKare wants to make sure that your cholesterol remains at healthy levels, and we also don’t want you to feel overwhelmed by too much contradictory information. We’ll explain what levels are healthy specific to your labs and body type, and how you can stay within the appropriate ranges. With a high cholesterol treatment plan from HerKare, you can rest assured that your are in good hands.
What’s Good and What’s Bad?
“Good cholesterol” is high-density lipoprotein or HDL. The cholesterol you have to watch out for is low-density lipoprotein or LDL. This “bad cholesterol” builds up plaque in your arteries that can lead to conditions such as high blood pressure or even to a heart attack or stroke. If you have too much LDL cholesterol, it may be managed best by a combination of lifestyle changes and medication.
What Does Bad Cholesterol Do?
One thing that makes high cholesterol so dangerous is that you may not know you have it without testing. High cholesterol itself doesn’t have symptoms although you might experience symptoms from the conditions it can eventually cause.
While high cholesterol and heart disease are often associated with men, women are also at risk for high cholesterol. While it may be more common in women who are middle-age or older, younger women can also develop dangerously high levels of LDL cholesterol.
We Can Help
Our medical team at HerKare will perform cholesterol screens based on your age, health and family history among other factors. Eating healthy and quitting smoking can help keep your LDL cholesterol levels low, but medication may also be an important factor in cholesterol management.
To get your cholesterol levels checked and for more information on how to stay heart healthy, contact our HerKare team by making an appointment online today.