Cholesterol is a lipid (fat) that is manufactured by the liver from the fatty foods that we eat, and plays a vital part in allowing the body to function normally. However, very high cholesterol levels can be dangerous and fatal. There are three main types of lipoproteins that carry the cholesterol around the body: Low density lipoprotein (LDL) or “Bad Cholesterol”, High density lipoprotein (HDL) or “Good Cholesterol” and, Triglycerides. Evidence strongly indicates that high levels of bad cholesterol can cause narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis), heart attacks and strokes.
Vascular doctors in Jackson Heights manage high cholesterol using conservative and non-conservative options. Lifestyle modifications incorporate increased physical activity and improved diet. Patients are advised to:
If lifestyle modifications alone do not reduce your cholesterol levels, your Jackson Heights cardiologist may prescribe cholesterol lowering medications. These include: