Cholesterol Treatment Services in Tomball
Cholesterol is a type of fat that is a necessary substance for certain cells in your body. Your liver makes it, or you can get it from the foods you eat. Too much cholesterol can be bad for your health.
Good & Bad Cholesterol
There is “good cholesterol” and “bad cholesterol.” Also, there is a third type of fat in your blood called triglycerides.
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the good cholesterol. HDL removes cholesterol from the bloodstream and is associated with heart protection. You cannot raise it with medication, but you can with exercise.
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the bad cholesterol. High LDL levels can increase your risk for heart disease or stroke. This is the culprit that is thought to cause heart disease and increase the chances of stroke. It can be lowered with dietary changes, weight loss and exercise. Research shows that lowering LDL significantly decreases the chance of heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and even developing dementia in the senior years.
- Triglycerides are another type of fat that can be detrimental to your health. When you eat more calories than your body can use, it turns the extra calories into triglycerides. These can be lowered by reducing calorie intake, diet, and exercise.
Your ideal cholesterol level will depend on your risk for heart disease.
- Total Cholesterol Level—Less than 200 is best, but it depends on your HDL and LDL levels.
- LDL Cholesterol Levels—Less than 130 is best, but this depends on your risk for heart disease.
- HDL Cholesterol Levels—60 or higher reduces your risk for heart disease.
- Triglyceride Levels—Less than 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) is best.
Common Symptoms of High Cholesterol
Because there are no symptoms of high cholesterol, it is recommended that you regularly check and monitor cholesterol numbers. If you have high cholesterol, your body may store the extra cholesterol in your arteries. These are blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body. A buildup of cholesterol in your arteries is known as plaque. Over time, plaque can become hard and make your arteries narrow. Large deposits of plaque can completely block an artery. Cholesterol plaques can also break apart, leading to formation of a blood clot that blocks the flow of blood.
Because a blocked artery can cause a heart attack or stroke, it is important monitor your cholesterol numbers.
Diagnosis & Treatments for High Cholesterol
At TrendHealth Clinic, we provide comprehensive cholesterol management and cholesterol treatment in Tomball. We recommend early and frequent cholesterol screenings to determine your cholesterol numbers to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
The following are common treatments for high cholesterol:
- Diet, generally one that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish
- Exercise regularly
- Quit smoking
- Medication that helps lower cholesterol
When to Visit TrendHealth Clinic
TrendHealth Clinic can diagnose, treat, and help monitor your high cholesterol. Visit us for cholesterol treatment in Tomball if:
- You are an adult age 20 or over and have never had your cholesterol checked or haven’t had it checked in the last 4 to 6 years
- You are an adult over the age of 40, we will use an equation to calculate your 10-year risk of experiencing cardiovascular disease or stroke.
- You have risk factors for heart disease, such as overweight, obesity, or smoke
- You have a family history of high cholesterol and heart disease
The most important thing about high cholesterol is knowing your numbers. The good news is, high cholesterol can be lowered, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. TrendHealth can help you monitor your cholesterol with regular screenings, recommended lifestyle changes, and cholesterol-lowering medication if necessary.
Call or Schedule an Appointment with TrendHealth Clinic
You can make an appointment with TrendHealth Clinic by doing one of the following:
Call us at 346-246-3424 to speak with one of our care managers who will be happy to schedule an appointment with one of our healthcare providers. We often have same-day and next-day appointments available.
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