Hyperlipidemia, or high cholesterol, refers to increased levels of fat (lipids) in the blood. While your body needs cholesterol to build cells, the “bad” cholesterol you get from poor food choices can cause plaque buildup along your artery walls (atherosclerosis). When the arteries narrow from too much cholesterol, proper blood flow is restricted to the heart and even the brain, leaving these vital organs deprived of oxygen. Therefore, high cholesterol puts patients at risk for heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.
At Corrielus Cardiology, we value the importance of educating patients about how cholesterol affects their heart health. This includes explaining the difference between good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL) and how to attain proper levels by making better dietary choices. Our office offers comprehensive cholesterol testing to guide us towards the most effective treatment plan for cardiovascualr conditions, which can ultimately prevent you from encountering serious heart problems from high cholesterol. Choosing to get your high cholesterol under control can be a decision that saves your life.
Symptoms & Causes of High Cholesterol
Until high cholesterol starts to narrow or block your arteries, blood test results may be the only indication you have that your levels are too high. However, when hyperlipidemia is allowed to progress, patients may suffer from heart attack or stroke symptoms. These can include angina (chest pain), breathing problems, weakness or numbness on one side of the body and/or speech difficulties.
High cholesterol can be an inherited condition. However, more often than not, it is a consequence of unhealthy lifestyle choices. In fact, high cholesterol is a primary example of how your diet can harm your heart. The good news is that high cholesterol is highly preventable and treatable with the proper guidance.
Treatment of High Cholesterol
As a leader in non-invasive cardiovascular care, Corrielus Cardiology is exceptionally qualified to treat your high cholesterol. Your treatment will be customized to address your specific risk for developing heart disease. Dr. Corrielus takes ample time with each patient to develop a tailored strategy for healthy lifestyle changes that can lower your high cholesterol. Treatment recommendations will include a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat, but may also include certain medications to reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in your blood. These measures can go a long way in restoring health to your blood vessels, your heart and your body.
Contact Corrielus Cardiology in Philadelphia today for an effective, integrative approach to treat your high cholesterol.