Cholesterol is found in all your cells and performs a number of necessary functions. High-density lipoprotein, also known as HDL, is “good cholesterol” while low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, is “bad cholesterol.” If you have too much LDL, it can build up and create a substance called plaque in your arteries. This narrows blood vessels, which can make it harder for blood to circulate and lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks or strokes.
One of the dangerous things about high cholesterol is that it is symptomless. A blood test as part of your women’s annual exam can provide your cholesterol numbers.
Your cholesterol treatment plan will be tailored to your individual needs and situation based on risk factors and how high your cholesterol is. You may be able to bring down your cholesterol to safe levels with exercise and changes in diet. However, you may require medication. Statins are the most commonly prescribed type of medication for lowering cholesterol although you may be given others as well.
Treatment costs vary according to your health insurance. HerKare is within most insurance providers’ networks.
Statins may have certain side effects, including fatigue and a muscle tissue disease called statin-induced myopathy. Your physician will discuss side effects with you and may make changes to your treatment if they become a problem.
Maintaining a healthy cholesterol level is an important part of your overall health. If you have been told you have high cholesterol in the past or if you have not had your cholesterol levels tested recently, make an appointment online today with HerKare. We can administer a simple blood test and start you on a treatment plan if necessary.
High cholesterol is a significant factor in the risk of having a heart attack over the next 10 years, so treatment is important in reducing that risk. It also lowers the risk of a stroke. If you are treating cholesterol through diet and exercise, you may have more energy and a general sense of well-being.