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Cholesterol Management Specialist

Mission Heart & Vascular

Board Certified Interventional Cardiologists & Peripheral Vascular Disease located in Mission, TX

High levels of cholesterol can lead to serious complications like a heart attack or stroke. At Mission Heart & Vascular in Mission, Texas, board-certified interventional cardiologists Gabriel Todd Faz, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and Kiran Mangalpally, MD, offer cholesterol management to help you lower your cholesterol and improve your heart health. To learn more about managing your cholesterol, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Cholesterol Management Q & A

What is high cholesterol?

High cholesterol refers to excessive amounts of cholesterol in your blood. Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found naturally in your blood and the cells throughout your body. Your body uses cholesterol to produce healthy cells, hormones, and other substances. 

When there’s too much cholesterol in your blood, it can form fatty deposits that stick to the walls of your arteries (plaque). These fatty deposits restrict blood flow and can completely block your arteries.  

High cholesterol can lead to a number of serious health problems like:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Sudden cardiac arrest

Although your body needs cholesterol to function properly, too much can wreak havoc on your cardiovascular health.

What causes high cholesterol?

In most cases, high cholesterol is caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices like a poor diet or lack of exercise. 

Although your body produces its own cholesterol, cholesterol is also found in certain foods like red meats, egg yolks, and cheese. Eating too many foods high in cholesterol will also raise your cholesterol levels. 

Additional causes of high cholesterol include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Age

Your risk of developing high cholesterol increases with age. Both cigarette smoking and diabetes can cause damage to your blood vessels that can make you more prone to developing fatty deposits. 

How do I know if I need cholesterol management?

High cholesterol usually occurs with no signs or symptoms. Most people receive screening for high cholesterol in their late teens and periodically throughout adulthood, typically every five years. 

Mission Heart & Vascular can determine your cholesterol levels and help you manage your risks for heart disease. 

What is cholesterol management?

If you suffer from high cholesterol, cholesterol management offers you effective ways to improve your cholesterol levels and safeguard your heart health. 

Mission Heart & Vascular may suggest medications and lifestyle changes to improve your overall health and reduce your risks of complications like heart attacks, strokes, and coronary artery disease. 

Your appointment begins with an in-depth examination (including a blood test) to determine your cholesterol levels. Your doctor then works with you to develop a treatment plan for lowering and managing your cholesterol levels. 

In addition to medication, your treatment plan may include lifestyle changes like:

  • Regular exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Quitting smoking
  • Adopting a heart-healthy diet

With the right plan, high cholesterol is a very treatable condition. To find out if cholesterol management is right for you, call Mission Heart & Vascular or book an appointment online today.