High Cholesterol Specialist

Jan Elliott, MSN, APRN, FNP-C -  - Family Medicine

Best Choice Primary Care

Jan Elliott, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Family Medicine located in San Antonio, TX

One in three Americans has high cholesterol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nurse practitioner Jan Elliott, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, and the amiable medical team at Best Choice Primary Care in San Antonio are fully aware that high cholesterol is a primary risk factor for heart disease. High cholesterol can affect men and women from all walks of life, and the health professionals at Best Choice Primary Care can help you to lower your cholesterol to safe, normal levels and protect and improve your heart health. Call or click to start with a consultation.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What is high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is present in the fats in your blood and is needed by your body to build healthy cells. High cholesterol can increase your risk of developing heart disease and a range of other diseases and health complications.

There are two main types of cholesterol. Put simply, one type is considered good and the other is considered bad.

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are the bad cholesterol and they can build up in your artery walls and cause them to harden and narrow. This is why you don’t want excess LDL cholesterol in your blood.

High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are referred to as the good cholesterol since they gather excess cholesterol and bring it back to your liver. If you have higher levels of HDL cholesterol and lower levels of LDL cholesterol, this is typically a good sign that you have a healthy heart.

What are the complications of high cholesterol?

High cholesterol can lead to complications and cause a buildup of fatty deposits in your blood vessels. This can stop enough blood from flowing through your arteries, and if your heart doesn’t receive enough oxygen-rich blood, the risk of a heart attack is significantly increased.

Reduced blood flow to your brain can lead to a stroke.

What are the risk factors for high cholesterol?

The risk factors for high cholesterol include:

  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Genetics
  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet
  • Excess alcohol intake

High cholesterol is typically the result of environmental factors and unhealthy lifestyle choices over time. Fortunately, this means that it’s both preventable and treatable in many cases with positive steps and quality medical support.

How is high cholesterol treated?

High cholesterol doesn’t usually come along with symptoms, so it’s helpful to visit Best Choice Primary Care for a checkup and testing.

If you have a diagnosis of high cholesterol, you’ll need more frequent cholesterol screenings to enable your provider to monitor your heart health and how well your treatment is working.

Your provider can help you to determine the right treatment for high cholesterol, which might include:

  • Regular exercise
  • Stress management
  • Quitting smoking
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Medications, such as statins
  • Avoiding unhealthy fats and trans fats
  • Consuming nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits rich in dietary fiber
  • Choosing healthier fats in your diet, such as fats from olive oil, avocados, and fatty fish

The right treatments can lower your risks for heart disease and help you protect one of your most important organs. Call or click to schedule a consultation now.