What Is Cholesterol?
When we think about our heart health, we most often think about our blood pressure. But that's not the only number you need to keep an eye on. Your cholesterol levels can also put you and your heart at risk for heart disease.
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial wants you to share some insight into cholesterol and why high levels can be dangerous. Read on as we take a look.
What Happens When You Have High Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is found in your blood—and it is necessary to help your body properly digest and break down food. While your body needs this substance, too much cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to build up in your blood vessels, which can lead to heart disease, heart attack or stroke.
High cholesterol usually doesn't cause any symptoms, which is why it is important to get your blood tested on an annual basis to ensure your cholesterol levels are where they need to be to promote a healthy heart.
Different Types of Cholesterol
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as good cholesterol
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol
- Total cholesterol
How Is High Cholesterol Treated?
If you are diagnosed with high cholesterol, your physician will discuss ways you can treat and/or reverse the condition. This will include healthy lifestyle habits, including exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet.
In addition, certain medications might be recommended to help in lowering your high cholesterol levels, such as statins, injectable medications and bile-acid-binding-resins.
Ways to Prevent High Cholesterol
- Eat a low-salt diet.
- Limit the amount of animal fats you eat.
- Use good fats in moderation.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Quit smoking.
When was the last time you had your cholesterol levels checked? Visit AFC Urgent Care Centennialtoday. No appointment is necessary!