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High cholesterol

The doctors on Heal can help diagnose and treat high cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fat-like, waxy substance that is made by the body and also contained in food. Two types of lipoproteins (molecules consisting of fats on the inside, and proteins on the outside) transport cholesterol through the bloodstream: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL).

Your body needs both LDL and HDL cholesterol (in different amounts) to function properly. HDL cholesterol is often referred to as “good cholesterol” because it functions to keep cholesterol from building up in the arteries (plaque). While too much LDL cholesterol in the blood can increase the risk of developing heart disease, the higher the HDL cholesterol, the better.

Triglycerides are another type of fat in the blood which result from your body breaking down the fats in the foods you eat.

According to the National Institute of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, you should aim to keep your cholesterol levels to the following:

  • LDL Cholesterol – Less than 100 mg/dL
  • HDL Cholesterol – 60 mg/dL or above
  • Triglycerides – Less than 150 mg/dL

A number of risk factors can affect cholesterol levels including:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking

If you have high cholesterol, a licensed primary care physician on Heal can help. Because a Heal doctor house call takes place in your home and involves a very detailed medical history and full physical exam, your doctor will be better able to determine what genetic and lifestyle factors might be contributing to your high cholesterol. They’ll also provide a comprehensive treatment plan to manage your high cholesterol which may include recommendations and counseling for diet modification and exercise.

If they deem it necessary, a doctor may prescribe medications to manage your high cholesterol. At the doctor’s discretion, they may also draw blood and send it to the lab for further testing or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.

If you have concerns about your cholesterol, book a doctor house call with Heal.