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High Cholesterol

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Not all cholesterol is bad cholesterol -- in fact, your body requires some of this fatty substance to function. When your doctor tells you that you have “high cholesterol,” she will generally be working with you to lower your LDL (low density lipoprotein cholesterol) levels and raise your HDL (high density lipoprotein cholesterol) levels via dietary changes, medication, weight management and exercise. Failing to take such measures could increase your risk of developing heart disease or experiencing a heart attack.

As a medical team with a focus on preventive medicine, our doctors regularly monitor cholesterol levels in their adult patients and work proactively with patients to address risk factors associated with this disease, including smoking, an unhealthy diet, being overweight and living a sedentary lifestyle.

If you are an adult living in the north Tampa Bay metro area and you have not had your blood cholesterol level checked recently, contact our office to set up an appointment at 813.971.3136 or fill out an appointment request form online today.

Causes & Contributors to High Cholesterol

  • Advanced age
  • Being overweight
  • Family history of high cholesterol and/or heart disease
  • Having diabetes
  • Having kidney disease
  • Medications
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Thyroid disorder

Diagnosing High Cholesterol

  • Regular cholesterol testing starting at age 35 (men) and 45 (women)
  • Blood glucose test
  • Kidney function test
  • Tests to rule out an underactive thyroid gland

Treating High Cholesterol

  • Medications
  • Smoking cessation program
  • Low-fat diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Weight management