High Cholesterol Specialist

The Practice of Health and Wellness

Internal Medicine & Functional Medicine Specialist located in Thomaston, CT

Millions of adults in the United States have high cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. If you have concerns about high cholesterol or your cholesterol numbers are consistently elevated despite your best efforts to improve them, Dr. Cipriano, and the team at The Practice of Health and Wellness offer high cholesterol treatment and can provide the care you need. To schedule an appointment, contact the office in Thomaston, Connecticut, by phone or online today.

High Cholesterol Q&A

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of fat produced by your liver. Your body uses cholesterol to make hormones, create substances that support digestion, and synthesize vitamin D. Your liver makes all the cholesterol your body needs to perform these vital functions.

If your blood has too much cholesterol, the sticky fat combines with other substances in your blood to create plaque. The plaque sticks to the walls of your blood vessels, which causes a narrowing of the passageway and may affect the flexibility of your blood vessels.  

How do I know if I have high cholesterol?

You won’t experience any symptoms if your cholesterol levels are high. Your provider runs a blood cholesterol test to check your numbers. If you don’t have any heart disease risk factors, your blood cholesterol levels are checked every five years. 

If you have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease, you may benefit from more frequent testing. The blood cholesterol test checks your total blood cholesterol level, as well as your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Your triglyceride levels are also tested. 

What causes high cholesterol?

High cholesterol may develop from many causes. Though you may be genetically predisposed to high cholesterol, you control most of the factors that cause high cholesterol. 

Common causes of high cholesterol include:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

Your risk of developing high cholesterol also increases as you get older. 

Without proper control, high cholesterol increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

What treatments are available for high cholesterol?

The medical team at The Practice of Health and Wellness develops individualized high cholesterol treatment plans based on the severity of your numbers, current or past treatments, age, and medical history.

Initially, your provider at The Practice of Health and Wellness may suggest lifestyle changes to lower your cholesterol, such as diet modification, an exercise program, weight loss, or smoking cessation. If your cholesterol numbers fail to improve with lifestyle changes, your provider may prescribe a cholesterol-lowering medication. 

The team determines the type of medication best suited for you based on your age, risk factors, and medical history. If you take cholesterol-lowering medication and experience side effects, the team may suggest an alternative medication.

For high cholesterol treatment from an experienced team, contact The Practice of Health and Wellness by phone or online today.