High Cholesterol – Dyslipidemia in Dallas, TX
The fats in your bloodstream contain a waxy substance known as “cholesterol.” Cholesterol is an important part of building healthy cells in your body, but having too much cholesterol can result in medical complications. High cholesterol—dyslipidemia—is caused by one of two factors: eating too many foods that are high in cholesterol or having your body break down cholesterol very slowly.
The Body and High Cholesterol – Dyslipidemia
Approximately 17% of the adults in the United States have high cholesterol. Because heredity can predispose you to develop high cholesterol, we advise our patients that anyone can have high cholesterol, including children. Having regular blood tests for your cholesterol levels helps you understand if you are at risk for medical complications related to high cholesterol. Other steps that you can take to control your cholesterol include the following:
- Eating a proper diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Exercising regularly
- Not smoking
Complications of High Cholesterol – Dyslipidemia
High cholesterol alone does not cause medical complications. Instead, medical complications result from a buildup of fatty deposits in your blood vessels, and your blood vessels may become partially or entirely blocked. As a result, less oxygen-rich blood is delivered to your heart, brain, lungs, and other organs and tissues. When your blood cholesterol levels are tested, you receive three results:
- Low-density lipoproteins, or LDL, also known as “lousy cholesterol” or “bad cholesterol”
- High-density lipoproteins, or HDL, also known as “good cholesterol”
The majority of the cholesterol in your bloodstream is LDL, and this type of cholesterol may increase your chances for heart disease and stroke. High levels of HDL, however, decrease your chances for heart disease and stroke. Triglycerides are actually not cholesterol, but a different type of fat that increases your chances for heart disease.
If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you should work closely with your doctor to control your cholesterol blood levels.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.
Vanguard Vascular & Vein is a leading vascular care provider serving Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area. Our patients rely on us for individualized care and a holistic approach that addresses all of their vascular care needs. We are the first practice in the area, and one of only five in the country, to receive Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) accreditation. The accreditation assures our patients that the care they receive meets the highest professional standards for vascular ultrasound interpretation. To learn more about the Vanguard Way, please visit our About Us page.