High Cholesterol

Jonathan A. Herbst, MD

Internal Medicine located in Port Chester, NY

High cholesterol can significantly increase the risks of heart attack, heart disease, and stroke. As a top-rated and respected internal medicine trained physician in Port Chester, New York, Jonathan A. Herbst, MD helps patients successfully manage their cholesterol levels so they can improve their health significantly and avoid serious complications. If you're concerned about high cholesterol, book an appointment with Dr. Herbst today.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that comes from your diet. The liver is primarily responsible for creating it, and it's an essential component of cell membranes. A certain level or amount of cholesterol is necessary for optimal health, wellness, and function.

If too much cholesterol is present in your body, it can hinder body function. Excessive cholesterol levels accumulate in your arteries, adhere to blood vessels, and create sticky plaques that constrict blood vessels and blood flow.

Are there different types of cholesterol?

Cholesterol is usually divided into two groups: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) -- cholesterol that's associated with sticky plaques -- and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Even though one can be thought of as good and one bad, the body needs some amount of both types to best function.

High cholesterol, or high levels of LDL, is more common than low levels of HDL. Smokers, those carrying a few extra pounds, people with a family history of high cholesterol, or those with an unhealthy diet often have high cholesterol.

How do I know if I have the proper cholesterol levels?

Both HDL and LDL are measurable with a regular blood test. At your annual exam with Dr. Herbst, he will perform a simple test to help you understand your risk factor and blood levels.

What happens if I have high cholesterol?

High cholesterol increases the risk for heart attacks, heart disease, strokes, peripheral artery disease, high blood pressure, and even dementia. Dr. Herbst will work with you to create a plan to bring down your cholesterol levels and lower your risks.

How is high cholesterol treated?

Dr. Herbst aggressively treats high cholesterol with lifestyle changes, weight loss, or medication. He helps patients control this health issue through a customized treatment plan that often includes dietary changes and exercise.

If you’re worried that you may have high cholesterol, Dr. Herbst is accepting new patients and can administer a blood test to give you the information you need. Call or request an appointment online today.