High cholesterol is quite common in the United States, but it's also quite dangerous. When you come to your appointment at Partridge Healthcare Services, Dr. Evelyn Partridge's team will run tests on your blood to see if you have high cholesterol levels. Dr. Partridge will explain what the results of your cholesterol mean, and she will work with you to plan lifestyle and diet changes to reduce your cholesterol levels. Contact Partridge Healthcare Services to make an appointment right away.
Cholesterol is a type of fat that is normally in your blood. It is needed to build healthy cells in your body. Too much cholesterol in the blood can cause severe problems.
If large amounts of cholesterol accumulate inside your artery walls, it can restrict the flow of blood. When this happens, your heart doesn’t get as much oxygen as it needs and neither do your other organs.
Without enough oxygen, your heart and other organs have to work harder, and the extra effort stresses your entire body. This can lead to problems like heart attacks, strokes, and more. Eventually, your stamina will diminish, so it becomes harder to exercise or carry out daily tasks.
High cholesterol can be hereditary, but more often it’s caused by an unhealthy lifestyle of poor diet and exercise. Eating fatty foods will increase your blood cholesterol levels. Then, if you don’t exercise enough, the extra cholesterol stays in your blood.
Over time, the cholesterol levels just keep building up, and all that extra cholesterol starts building deposits inside your artery walls.
A blood test is the only way to detect high cholesterol.
Because lifestyle choices so often cause high cholesterol levels, it’s an easily preventable disease.
Effective treatment for high cholesterol includes adopting a healthy diet plan and taking up regular exercise. In many cases, medication can help to reduce high cholesterol levels. If you smoke, then quitting smoking can help lower high cholesterol and reduce your risk for many other disorders.
If you live in Philadelphia and are worried about diet, lack of exercise, or overall health, contact Dr. Partridge at Partridge Comprehensive Health Services today and make an appointment to assess your cholesterol levels.