Tracking your cholesterol and taking steps to control it is the key to maintaining a healthy heart and long life. When cholesterol levels get too high, you’ve developed a condition known as dyslipidemia or hyperlipidemia. This condition is more commonly known as ‘High Cholesterol,’ resulting from an overabundance of triglycerides, Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL), or too little High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL). Any form of hyperlipidemia can lead to the build-up of plaque deposits on the arterial walls. These accumulations can put you at risk of developing blockages that can cause stroke or heart attacks. Reliance Primary & Urgent Care helps patients throughout the Jacksonville, FL, area.

Cholesterol Care at Reliance Primary & Urgent Care

Hyperlipidemia is a severe condition that can become life-threatening if left untreated. The most frequent reason for this condition is a poor diet combined with a sedentary lifestyle. Determining the best treatment for cholesterol isn’t a simple process. Numerous factors can increase the risk of developing arterial blockages, including high blood pressure, diabetes or prediabetes, age, smoking, and whether or not your family has a history of heart disease. Under the guidance of our team, a proper treatment plan can be developed to help you control your cholesterol and overall health. The appropriate time to begin being regularly tested for high cholesterol is 20 years of age. Tests should be performed annually following this date.

Some of the steps you may be advised to take to help address high cholesterol and reduce your stroke and heart disease risk include:

  • Develop dietary habits that are better for your heart
  • Avoid foods that are fried or highly processed
  • Focus on whole food choices
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get plenty of restful sleep
  • Shed unhealthy weight
  • Avoid introducing toxins into your body, such as tobacco products and excessive alcohol

High cholesterol is most commonly associated with increased risks of heart disease and stroke. However, these are only the most prominent of the conditions that those with high cholesterol have an increased risk of developing. Dementia, atrial fibrillation, heart disease, kidney disease, and early death are all impacted by high cholesterol. Here at Reliance Primary & Urgent Care, we take a comprehensive approach to addressing high cholesterol.

Our primary focus will be on effective lifestyle changes, such as improving your diet and weight loss. However, there are also medications that work to flush excess cholesterol from the body. These medications are best used in conjunction with the lifestyle changes mentioned above. Dr. Visha Patel is dedicated to ensuring all our patients are living their best life while keeping cholesterol levels low.

Get Help With High Cholesterol in Jacksonville, FL

At Reliance Primary & Urgent Care, we’re ready to help you manage your cholesterol. Start by scheduling an appointment at our office today. We’ll bring you in for a comprehensive exam covering your medical history and that of your direct family. Throughout this process, we’ll identify problem areas and suggest changes that can help protect you from the risk of high cholesterol. Further, we’ll perform blood tests to determine your current cholesterol level and if any action is presently needed. By keeping cholesterol levels low, you’re protecting yourself and ensuring many more healthy years with your family.