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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.