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High Blood Cholesterol Specialist

More MD -  - Family Medicine

More MD

Family Medicine, Primary Care, & Internists located in Prescott, Surprise, Gilbert & Lake Havasu City, AZ

High blood cholesterol is one of the leading contributors to heart disease and serious cardiac complications. Because the sooner you treat high cholesterol, the better for your heart, Tim Urell, DO, of More MD work diligently to bring your cholesterol down. To learn about the available high blood cholesterol treatments available, book an evaluation at the Sierra Vista, Surprise, or Prescott, Arizona, location. Schedule online or over the phone.

High Blood Cholesterol Q & A

Why do I have high blood cholesterol?

Your body actually needs cholesterol to produce several hormones, provide support to arteries, and several other basic bodily functions, but you naturally produce everything you need for these processes. If your cholesterol is running on the high end, it could be due to:

  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • A family history of high cholesterol

Plus, if you have diabetes, frequent blood sugar spikes contribute to high levels of harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL), as well as lower levels of the good cholesterol known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

Are there symptoms of high blood cholesterol?

Much like high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol doesn’t cause any obvious symptoms. You won’t know your blood cholesterol is high until you have it checked through a blood draw at More MD.

If left untreated, high blood cholesterol can lead to hardening of your arteries, which is known as atherosclerosis. When this occurs, you might experience chest pain or pressure, and potentially a heart attack. Before minor elevations in blood cholesterol turn into something more serious, visit with the team at More MD to start your personalized treatment plan.

What is the treatment for high blood cholesterol?

Treating high blood cholesterol depends on how severe your readings are after a blood draw. Your goal is to have a total cholesterol number under 200 mg/dL, LDL under 100 mg/dL, and HDL above 60 mg/dL. If any of these numbers are off, Dr. Moran and Dr. Urell may suggest one or more of the following treatments.

  • Exercise planning
  • Dietary and nutrition counseling
  • Cholesterol absorption inhibitor drugs
  • Bile acid binding resin medications
  • Statin medications

Since high cholesterol is known for upping your risk of serious heart complications and even stroke, Dr. Moran and Dr. Urell usually want you to follow-up several times throughout the year. This way, they can monitor your cholesterol levels and make any essential changes to your treatment plan, so you can live a long healthy life.

Schedule your high blood cholesterol evaluation at More MD today. Click on the online scheduler or call either location directly to book.