Excess cholesterol that your cells don't need may accumulate your blood vessels. An accumulation of cholesterol in your arteries can cause blockages and make it difficult for blood to flow through your heart.
Your cholesterol reading comes with three parts:
HDL is a useful type of cholesterol that transports excess cholesterol in the blood to the liver. Dr. Feliz-Cruz often encourages patients to work on improving their levels of HDL.
LDL is a harmful type of cholesterol. If too much of it accumulates inside your arteries, it could lead to serious health complications. However, Dr. Feliz-Cruz can help you lower it.
Cholesterol blockages lead to atherosclerosis, or the hardening of the arteries. When that happens, it interferes with blood flow through your arteries. That puts you at risk for:
First, contact Dr. Feliz-Cruz so she can monitor your levels and provide guidance. Your doctor is your best resource for reducing cholesterol levels.
Exercise and dietary changes are the first line of defense against high cholesterol levels. These lifestyle changes usually make a significant difference for overall health and cholesterol. If you make diet and exercise modifications and your cholesterol levels are still high, Dr. Feliz-Cruz may suggest medication.
Depending on your age and risk factors, Dr. Feliz-Cruz may prescribe cholesterol-lowering medications such as:
To have your cholesterol checked or manage high cholesterol, get in touch with Dr. Feliz-Cruz for an appointment.