What is high cholesterol?
High Cholesterol, also known as a lipid disorder, affects a considerable number of Canadians, diagnosed and undiagnosed. Untreated, high cholesterol can lead to major health problems regarding the heart. Cholesterol is a substance located in the fat cells within the bloodstream; it is responsible for producing healthy blood cells. However, a lipid disorder causes fatty deposits to form within the blood vessels, disrupting the blood flow to the arteries. Therefore, some fat cells in the bloodstream are healthy and normal. When fatty deposits appear in the blood vessels and slow the blood flow, problems arise.
Who is at risk for developing high cholesterol?
There are many risk factors that can contribute to the development of a lipid disorder, including:
- Large waist circumference
- Lack of exercise
- Poor diet
What symptoms are associated with high cholesterol?
There are no symptoms correlated with high cholesterol. Therefore, it is important to regularly visit for physician for your annual check up. Your physician can diagnose high cholesterol using blood tests. Once diagnosed, you can manage your high cholesterol with a customized treatment plan.
What complications can arise from high cholesterol?
Above all, high cholesterol, if left untreated, can cause major cardiovascular issues. Because the build up of fatty deposits on the walls of arteries will disrupt blood flow, serious complications can occur such as: chest pain, stroke, and heart attack.
How can you prevent and lower high cholesterol?
To lower or prevent a lipid disorder completely, it is best to adhere to a healthy low-salt, low-fat diet. Refraining from smoking or drinking excessively will help to keep a low cholesterol as well. Finally, regular exercise to maintain a healthy body weight and keep your system active is highly encouraged.
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At Blue Water Medical, we will thoroughly diagnose, treat, and monitor lipid levels to improve your overall quality of life. If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your cholesterol with one of our providers, please call our office at (604) 558-3185, or fill out our online request form and someone will be in touch.