High Cholesterol

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Direct Primary Care & Family Medicine located in Apex, NC

Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Though scare tactics are a lousy way to motivate people, the fact is that most cases of heart disease are highly preventable, often starting with tackling high cholesterol. At Access Healthcare, the team of doctors helps their patients in Apex, North Carolina, take control of their heart health, allowing them to lead long, healthy lives. To address your heart health, call or request an appointment using the online booking tool.

High Cholesterol Q & A

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What is high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a substance found in the fats in your blood cells that are crucial for new cell growth. There are two types of cholesterol:

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which delivers cholesterol throughout your body
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL), which picks up the excess cholesterol and delivers it to your liver for processing

When your LDL numbers are too high, your HDL has a hard time keeping up with clearing away your excess cholesterol, which begins to build up along your arterial walls, hampering the flow of blood throughout your body. This narrowing of your arteries is also known as atherosclerosis.

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is a catchall term for a number of problems that affect your heart and/or circulatory health, including:

  • Blood vessel diseases, which often results in atherosclerosis
  • Arrhythmias, which are problems with your heart’s rhythms
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Endocarditis, which is an infection in your heart
  • Cardiomyopathy, which affects the muscle in your heart
  • Valve issues

The bottom line is that all of these conditions can lead to a life-threatening heart attack, stroke, heart failure, or angina. The other side to this is that many of these diseases can be halted, or even cured, with the right intervention.

How is cardiovascular disease treated?

Doctors can do many things to help manage poor cardiovascular health and, under their expert guidance, you can make a huge difference, too.

To start, if your heart disease requires medications, such as blood thinners, your doctor at Access Healthcare gets you what you need to help prevent any immediate problems. For longer-term management, your doctor will likely recommend some lifestyle changes that can have an extremely large influence on your heart health, such as:

  • Exercise
  • Nutritional changes
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol

When it comes to cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol, diet and exercise are often the primary keys to preventing serious complications.

There are times, however, when the doctors may recommend stronger measures, such as surgery. Rest assured that your doctor is with you every step of the way and ensures you get the specialized care you need.

If you’d like to gain better control over your heart health, call Access Healthcare, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.