Hyperlipidemia or high cholesterol is a cardiovascular problem that affects more than 102 million Americans. Left uncontrolled, hyperlipidemia significantly increases your risk of serious health problems including heart attack and stroke. Shinita Dudley, MD, at SpringRidge Medical Clinic in Clinton, Mississippi, regularly works with patients to manage and reduce hyperlipidemia. To request your appointment at SpringRidge Medical Clinic, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Hyperlipidemia, also known as high cholesterol, is a condition characterized by having too much cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fatty substance that your body uses to build healthy cells. However, too much cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease.
If you have hyperlipidemia, fatty deposits may build up in your blood vessels. Over time, these deposits grow and prevent blood from flowing through your arteries. Uncontrolled hyperlipidemia may cause these deposits to break suddenly and form a clot, causing a heart attack or stroke.
Unfortunately, hyperlipidemia doesn’t present any obvious symptoms. The only way to detect if there’s a problem is by undergoing a blood test. A hyperlipidemia test checks for three different things:
Triglycerides contain different types of fatty acids. If you have high triglyceride levels, you’re also more likely to suffer a stroke.
Dr. Dudley usually recommends that healthy adults undergo hyperlipidemia testing every five years. If your test results come back and your cholesterol or triglyceride levels are too high, she might recommend more frequent testing. This is particularly true if you have a family history of high cholesterol, or you have a chronic condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Hyperlipidemia affects people of all ages, races, and genders. However, certain factors may increase your risk of high cholesterol, including:
You’re also more likely to develop hyperlipidemia as you get older. As you age, your liver becomes less efficient at removing LDL cholesterol from your body.
Treatment for hyperlipidemia depends on the severity of your condition. Whenever possible, Dr. Dudley recommends conservative measures of care such as exercising regularly and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. However, if you make these changes and your cholesterol levels remain high, prescription medication may be necessary.
Depending on your medical history and background, Dr. Dudley might recommend statins, cholesterol absorption inhibitors, or injectable medications.
If you have a family history of hyperlipidemia or you’re simply concerned about your overall risk, make an appointment at SpringRidge Medical Clinic –– request your appointment today by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool.