High Cholesterol

Family Care Plus Clinic

Board Certified Family Medicine & Adults and Pediatrics located in Katy, TX & Stow, OH

Over 90 million American adults have high cholesterol. Although it doesn’t cause symptoms, high cholesterol has serious effects on your body, including increased risk for heart disease and stroke. At Family Care Plus Clinic, experienced family medicine physician Nancy Naghavi, DO, and her skilled team can help you reduce high cholesterol in simple and easy ways. Book an appointment by calling either of the two clinic locations in Katy, Texas, or Stow, Ohio, or using the online scheduler today.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What is high cholesterol?

High cholesterol means that you have too much of the waxy, fatty substance called cholesterol in your body. 

You produce cholesterol naturally within your liver. Cholesterol helps with hormone production, vitamin D production, and digestion. It has other important roles in your body as well. 

Your liver produces all necessary cholesterol, which means that the cholesterol you take in through food could potentially raise your blood cholesterol to dangerous levels. 

What are the types of cholesterol?

There are two main types of cholesterol:

High-density lipoproteins (HDL)

HDL is good cholesterol that helps you get rid of bad cholesterol. Fatty fish, olive oil, and whole grains are a few examples of foods containing HDL.

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL)

LDL is bad cholesterol. It mainly comes from meat, egg yolks, dairy, and other animal products, as well as fried and processed foods.

Family Care Plus Clinic explains your cholesterol levels and helps you implement a plan to get healthy. 

How does high cholesterol hurt me?

Excess cholesterol can bind with other substances within your blood to make plaque. Plaque adheres to your artery walls, eventually accumulating to narrow arteries and restricting blood to your heart, brain, and extremities. This may cause complications like stroke and artery disease.

If a chunk of plaque ruptures, it can trigger a blood clot that may stop blood flow in the main artery that feeds your heart. This can cause a heart attack. 

High cholesterol frequently occurs at the same time as other major health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure. If you have multiple conditions, it’s especially important to see the team at Family Care Plus Clinic regularly.

What are the signs of high cholesterol?

High cholesterol doesn’t cause symptoms. If you don’t have regular medical care, you could be completely unaware of high cholesterol until you experience a health crisis.

During your annual physical exam, or at other times as needed, Family Care Plus Clinic checks your cholesterol level through blood testing. 

With this regular screening, the team can diagnose high cholesterol early and help you lower the level quickly and effectively. 

How can I lower my cholesterol?

Eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising regularly can significantly lower your cholesterol level in most cases. If diet and exercise don’t reduce your cholesterol level enough, Family Care Plus Clinic may prescribe medications that reduce cholesterol. 

To learn how to lower your cholesterol, call Family Care Plus Clinic or use online scheduling to book your appointment today.