A common cause of plaque build-up.
Cholesterol is needed to build healthy cells but too much of it can be dangerous. When your blood contains too much cholesterol, it blocks your arteries and can result in a life-threatening medical event.
One of the most concerning elements of high cholesterol is that in most cases, you won’t experience any symptoms indicating that there is a problem. As the cholesterol in your blood continues to build up along the walls of your arteries, the likelihood of experiencing a heart attack, stroke, or inadequate blood flow to other vital organs increases.
Low-density lipoprotein, often termed “LDL” or “bad” cholesterol, carries fatty deposits throughout your body and contributes to the hardening and narrowing of your arteries. HDL, “good” cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein helps breakdown plaque in the arteries and carries excess cholesterol to your liver.
Developing high cholesterol isn’t only linked to a diet filled with fatty foods. Other lifestyle factors, such as stress, poor sleep, and being sedentary can also affect cholesterol levels. Certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disease, and medications may also affect cholesterol levels.
Additionally, genetics may be involved in determining both the amount and type of both HDL and LDL. Through advanced lipid testing, it’s possible to determine if there is a higher risk of developing plaque due to a genetic predisposition.
Although most types of high cholesterol can be treated with medication, at Manhattan Cardiovascular Associates we always incorporate nutritional and other lifestyle adjustments that can go a long way in protecting your long-term cardiovascular health. After considering your age, diagnostic test results, overall health, and additional risk factors, the doctors at Manhattan Cardiovascular Associates will help create an individualized plan that is right for you.
At Manhattan Cardiovascular Associates we always incorporate nutritional and other lifestyle adjustments in order to reduce cholesterol. After considering your age, diagnostic test results, overall health, and additional risk factors, we may also recommend treatment with medication. Our goal is to help create an individualized plan that is right for you.