Hyperlipidemia is an elevation of one or more fat proteins in the blood. It is commonly referred to as high cholesterol. One-third of American adults have it, only 1 in 3 have it under control, and having hyperlipidemia doubles the risk of developing heart disease.
Excessive fat in the blood accumulates over time, forming plaques on the walls of the arteries and blood vessels. This will narrow the openings, producing turbulent blood flow through the vessels, and cause the heart to use more force to get the blood through the constricted areas. “Statins”, a class of drugs which are commonly prescribed to people with high cholesterol. However, many find that they cannot tolerate the side effects of statins. CNS Healthcare is working to research a new class of drugs with a goal to reduce the side effects caused by currently prescribed medications. Learn more by selecting one of our locations below and using the form on the page to schedule a no-cost appointment with one of our healthcare professionals.
High cholesterol increases risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. These risk factors include an improper diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol, obesity, and inactivity. Medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, kidney disease, liver disease, alcoholism, as well as certain medications, can cause elevated lipid levels. Also, a family history of high cholesterol may mean that a person is genetically at risk for high lipids. In general, there are two broad types of cholesterol that can be measured:
1.LDL or the “bad” cholesterol is the fraction of the total cholesterol that forms the plaque that can clog the arteries. Optimal LDL level is less than 130mg per dL, or less than 100 per dL in high risk individuals.
2.HDL or the “good” cholesterol keeps cholesterol from building up in our arteries. Optimal HDL level is greater than 40 mg per dL in men and greater than 50 mg per dL in women.
Hyperlipidemia doesn’t cause any symptoms. The condition is diagnosed by routine blood tests, recommended every five years for adults.