Having high levels of cholesterol can put you at a greater risk of heart disease, blood clots, and stroke. At Nguyen Medical Group, Thomas Nguyen, MD, MS and Susan Nguyen-MUI, APRN provide Boynton Beach high cholesterol patients with services to help prevent, diagnose, and treat high cholesterol.

What is cholesterol?

Any healthy person has cholesterol in their body. It is a waxy substance in the blood that is generated by your liver. It comes from various foods and is an essential part of cell formation and hormone and Vitamin D production.

Within healthy bounds, cholesterol is necessary for your health and wellness. When the levels of cholesterol are too high, it can mount up in your bloodstream and cause blockage, preventing the correct flow of oxygen and blood to your body tissues.

High levels of cholesterol in your blood can result in severe complications, including stroke, heart disease, and coronary artery disease. The level of cholesterol is determined by the amount of low-density lipids (LDL) and high-density lipids (HDL) in the blood.

What are LDL and HDL?

LDL and HDL are two different cell types responsible for managing your levels of cholesterol in the blood.

LDL

LDL is a specialized cell that is responsible for transporting cholesterol throughout your body. If your blood contains too much cholesterol, LDL can cause it to mount up and cause blockage in your circulatory system. Due to this reason, it is usually called “bad cholesterol.”

HDL

HDL is another specialized cell that transports excess cholesterol out of the body through your bloodstream. It is often called “good cholesterol.”

Healthy levels of cholesterol are a balance of both LDL and HDL cells. Normally, a healthy person has a low number of LDL cells and a high number of HDL cells.

The amount of each of the cells in your blood is what is acquired when you get a cholesterol exam. Healthy levels of LDL start from 100 mg/dl or less, while HDL should be 60 mg/dl or more.

Complications Associated with Having High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a risk factor for various serious health conditions, including coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease blocks your blood vessels to the heart and other parts of the body, increasing your risk for conditions like:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Liver disease
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack

Regular cholesterol examinations and physical checks at Nguyen Medical Group can assist in monitoring your levels of cholesterol and any signs of cholesterol-related problems.

How can you manage your levels of cholesterol?

You can do a lot to control and enhance your levels of cholesterol. Healthy lifestyle choices that can lower your LDL and increase your HDL include:

  • Having and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Consuming a healthy diet
  • Checking your cholesterol on a regular basis
  • Getting regular physical checkups
  • Being physically active
  • Quitting smoking and use of tobacco

If required, Dr. Nguyen can prescribe medications to lower your cholesterol to assist in supporting your healthy lifestyle choices.

For a consultation concerning your high cholesterol, contact Nguyen Medical Group today by calling their offices or scheduling an appointment online.

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