High cholesterol management is an ongoing process that can have significant health benefits. As a top-rated physician in Warren, MI, Dr. Dominic Cusumano provides advanced treatment options for high cholesterol patients so they can enjoy better health and reduce their risks for heart attack and stroke.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that travels through the blood. In and of itself, cholesterol isn’t bad. It actually helps create the outer coating of our cells and aids the body in making vitamin D and certain hormones. Your body makes the cholesterol it needs. But you also get it in your diet (for example, full-fat dairy products, fried foods and fatty meat). Too much cholesterol can be dangerous. That’s because over time cholesterol and fat can build in the inner walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This can cause a narrowing of the arteries called atherosclerosis, which is a major cause of heart disease.
If you have high cholesterol, you’re certainly not alone. The good news is that high cholesterol is often preventable and treatable. Adopting a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and, in some cases, taking medication can go a long way to help lower your cholesterol and protect your heart.
What is high cholesterol?
High cholesterol refers to elevated levels of LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol. High cholesterol levels are associated with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke and dementia. High cholesterol can occur from a variety of factors including heredity, diet and lifestyle. Ideally, men and women should be screened for high cholesterol by the age of 40.
How is high cholesterol treated?
High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attacks but can be managed with lifestyle changes such as a low-fat diet, exercise, and weight loss. If these steps are ineffective at lowering cholesterol levels, medication may be needed to help lower levels even further.
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