High cholesterol treatment can make a world of difference in how you feel on a daily basis and can also reduce your risk of ongoing health problems. At A.L.M.S Community Health Center, high cholesterol treatment is one of many services available to the community of Grand Prairie, Texas. If you or a loved one would like to learn more, book an appointment online or by phone today.

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What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fat-like, waxy substance present in your cells. It’s a necessary component to produce hormones, vitamin D, and substances that aid your digestion. Your body creates all the cholesterol you need, but cholesterol is also found in many food sources.

Foods like egg yolks, cheese, and meat contain cholesterol. If your diet is high in cholesterol-rich foods, your levels can rise. Too much cholesterol in your blood can lead to serious health ramifications.

When is cholesterol a health problem?

Excess cholesterol can mix with other substances in your blood to form a sticky substance called plaque. This plaque can adhere to the walls of your arteries, making them abnormally stiff. Over time, this can lead to a condition called coronary artery disease in which your arteries become narrowed or clogged.

If a piece of plaque breaks free from an artery, it can cause a blood clot to develop. If that clot grows larger, it can partially or completely block the flow of blood through the affected vessel. When your heart doesn’t get sufficient oxygenated blood, you can experience chest pain or even a heart attack.

What can be done to reduce high cholesterol?

Drug therapy is one approach and can help bring your cholesterol levels under control. Some drugs work by slowing your liver’s ability to produce cholesterol. Others prompt your body to produce more bile acids, which reduces the volume of cholesterol in your blood.

Some medications slow your body’s ability to absorb dietary cholesterol. It’s not uncommon for a combination of drugs to offer the best treatment path, and it might take some time to find the drug therapy approach best suited for your needs.

Lifestyle modifications can go a long way toward bringing your cholesterol levels back into a normal range. Your practitioner works with you to boost your nutrition, engage in more physical activity, and reach a healthy weight.

As you move through your high cholesterol treatment plan, your progress is closely monitored. Adjustments are made as needed to keep you on a path toward improved health and wellness.

When you’re ready to get started, call A.L.M.S Community Health Center to book an initial visit. Online scheduling is also available, and lets you book from home any time of day or night.