High Cholesterol Specialist

Marlenny Feliz-Cruz, MD, PA

Primary Care located in Pembroke Pines, FL

High cholesterol is often a precursor to coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. High cholesterol often goes undetected because it doesn’t carry any symptoms. Marlenny Feliz-Cruz, MD, PA, provides a simple blood lipid panel for high cholesterol, so you don’t have to worry about the silent damage high cholesterol could be doing to your body. Make an appointment at her Pembroke Pines, Florida, clinic by phone or online to get your levels tested today.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What causes high cholesterol?

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.  

What’s the difference between HDL and LDL?

Your cholesterol reading comes with three parts:

  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL)
  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL)
  • Total cholesterol

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.

What damage does high cholesterol cause inside the body?

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:

  • Angina: chest pain from narrowing arteries
  • Heart attack: where blood flow to an artery stops
  • Stroke: where blood flow to the brain is blocked

How do I reduce my cholesterol levels?

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:

  • Statins, which block cholesterol production in the liver
  • Bile-acid-binding resins, which cause your liver to use cholesterol to make bile acid
  • Cholesterol absorption inhibitors, which limit your body’s absorption of cholesterol
  • Injectables, which help your liver absorb more LDL cholesterol

To have your cholesterol checked or manage high cholesterol, get in touch with Dr. Feliz-Cruz for an appointment.