Cholesterol in Las Vegas, NV

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What Is Good and Bad Cholesterol?

An essential substance produced naturally by the liver and found in different foods, cholesterol is transported by low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Bad cholesterol or LDL can stick to the lining of arteries and build up deposits that can block blood flow. Cholesterol in HDL is called good because it picks up excess cholesterol and returns it to the liver. Maintaining proper levels of cholesterol is essential for your overall health. Too much bad cholesterol can cause serious health conditions, including narrowing of the arteries, heart diseases, and stroke. Contact Clinical Research of South Nevada in Las Vegas, NV and have our primary practitioner check your cholesterol.

What Causes High Cholesterol?

A sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet high in fat are major factors in developing high cholesterol; however, genetics, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes may also contribute to the condition. Our expert team will draw blood to screen for high cholesterol levels. If the screening reveals high levels, board-certified internal medicine practitioner Dr. Roger Estevez will discuss different treatment options. To help manage your condition, Dr. Estevez may recommend making certain lifestyle adjustments, including cutting down on fatty foods and taking prescription medication.

Other effective ways to combat high cholesterol include:

  • Getting regular, daily exercise
  • Eating a healthier diet with less trans fats, saturated fats, and processed sugars
  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Including more fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, etc.) and vegetables in your diet
  • Drinking the daily recommended amount of water

At Clinical Research of South Nevada, we may handle your high cholesterol in a number of ways, depending on the type of cholesterol that is elevated and how high it is. In some cases, dietary changes that eliminate saturated and trans fats, like reducing red meat and dairy intake, are enough to reduce your numbers. You may also wish to incorporate more omega-3 rich foods, or a supplement, into your diet. In other cases, we may suggest statins, which are drugs used to prevent more serious illness from progressing with your cholesterol. We will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan when you visit your provider.

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Get Your Cholesterol Checked Out

Our experienced team at Clinical Research of South Nevada can help diagnose any cholesterol concerns and tailor a treatment plan suitable for you. If left untreated, high cholesterol could lead to heart disease. To understand more about your cardiovascular health and catch problems before they arise, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Estevez at our Las Vegas, NV office.

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