What Is High Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fat found in the blood. When a person has high cholesterol (also called hypercholesterolemia), there’s an abundance of this waxy substance in the blood, which can block your arteries over time.
The amount of cholesterol made by your body is directed by the types of food and drink you consume. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is considered your bad cholesterol, while high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is considered your good cholesterol. High amounts of LDL cholesterol can lead to problems such as blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
Symptoms of High Cholesterol
There are no outward signs or symptoms of high cholesterol. A blood test is required to determine if your cholesterol level is too high.
How Treatment Works for High Cholesterol
By knowing your numbers, our medical professionals can provide the best treatment for high cholesterol, low testosterone, and other related conditions. Treatment is a four-step process:
- Health Assessment
One of our medical professionals will conduct a comprehensive health assessment that includes a simple blood test. This blood test is a full lab panel, including a lipid panel, which measures the fat in your blood.
- Personalized Plan
If your numbers reveal signs of high cholesterol, your provider will create a personalized treatment plan targeted to your symptoms, body, and lifestyle, including diet and exercise. Low T Center’s Head of Internal Medicine and Wellness works with your provider to coordinate and refine your treatment plan.
- Treatment Regimen
Your treatment regimen is based on your personalized treatment plan. For some patients with high cholesterol, changes in lifestyle (healthy diet and regular exercise) are enough to lower cholesterol levels. If necessary, your provider will prescribe medication — often statins — to help manage cholesterol. Your provider will continue to monitor your progress with every visit.
- Optimization and Prevention
Once your regimen is underway to address your high cholesterol (or other underlying conditions), your provider will optimize treatment to maximize your health and wellness.
Cost of High Cholesterol Treatment
Low T Center is in network with most insurance providers. The cost for treating high cholesterol is dependent upon your individual health insurance plan. Patients are responsible for all applicable deductibles or co-pays under the terms of their plans.
Potential Side Effects of High Cholesterol Treatment
Side effects from cholesterol treatment vary based on the method of treatment chosen by your provider. Control through diet, for instance, presents different side effects than control through medication. During your visit, your provider will discuss possible side effects and contraindications involved with recommended treatment.
Benefits and Results of High Cholesterol Treatment
Keeping cholesterol in check goes a long way toward preventing a heart attack or stroke. Patients who eat a healthy diet, engage in regular exercise, and avoid smoking will feel better, have more energy, and enjoy a more productive lifestyle.
Because Low T Center takes a holistic approach to men’s healthcare, our medical professionals can proactively address other conditions you’re currently experiencing, or could experience later on.
Our providers get to know you on a personal level and gather important health data often to assess progress with greater efficiency.
At Low T Center, we focus on treating your high cholesterol so you can live a longer, healthier life.