Cholesterol can be both beneficial and harmful. In fact, there are two types of cholesterol: LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol. While HDL cholesterol is necessary for balanced health,
High LDL cholesterol can affect the body.
LDL cholesterol is associated with the development of serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and stroke. In some cases, these conditions can be life-threatening and cause death.
What are the risks of high LDL cholesterol?
Dr. Vasi Rădulescu, a famous Romanian doctor, reveals the risks of a high level
LDL cholesterol and how it can endanger your health.
„High LDL cholesterol levels can cause you problems, including:
- Coronary artery disease
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Heart disease, including chest pain (angina pectoris) and heart attack
- Accident vascular cerebral
The guides used to focus on lowering “bad” cholesterol to a certain number. Now, you and your doctor will probably work together to find a way to reduce it by a certain percentage. It is based on how likely it is
you have a heart disease or stroke.
Doctors use a computer to estimate your chances of having these problems in the next 10 years. The computer considers several things, including:
- Your cholesterol level
- Blood pressure
- Whether you smoke or not
- If you are taking blood pressure medication
All of these things affect your chances of having a heart problem. Other risks include:
A family history of heart disease
How to reduce high LDL cholesterol
The doctor will determine
a plan for lifestyle changes and / or medications that may lower your cholesterol and your overall chances of having a heart problem. The plan could include:
- A healthy diet. Try not to eat things that are high in saturated fat, cholesterol or simple carbohydrates, such as sugar and white flour. Eat more fiber and vegetable sterols, such as margarine or nuts.
- Regular exercise. The best is the one that sets your heart in motion.
- Weight loss. Losing even 5 to 10 pounds can improve your level
- Quitting smoking. If it is difficult for you to quit smoking, your doctor can help you find the best program.
- Drugs. Some medications, such as statins, help the body stop producing cholesterol. Another, ezetimibe, lowers the amount of cholesterol the body gets from the foods you eat. If you cannot take statins or if you have a severe form of high cholesterol, you may receive injections of PCSK9 inhibitors. These drugs help your liver eliminate more LDL from your blood, ”writes Dr. Vasi Rădulescu on own blog.
Source: DoctorulZilei by www.doctorulzilei.ro.
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