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High cholesterol, a condition also known as hyperlipidemia, can endanger your health and lead to heart disease or even a heart attack. Having high cholesterol means you’ve got high concentrations of low-density lipoprotein (or bad) cholesterol, commonly called LDL. But high cholesterol is a treatable condition. Statins are available and widely prescribed to effectively lower your bad cholesterol. But only diet and exercise can raise your good cholesterol and control your triglycerides. If you’re at risk, have your cholesterol levels checked regularly at the New York Cardiology, Manhattan center.

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High cholesterol or hyperlipidemia is an abnormal finding on a blood test and is one of the risk factors for both heart attack and stroke. In certain individuals, this finding may suggest a need for further diagnostic evaluation to see if there is a buildup of this cholesterol or plaque in the arteries supplying the heart and those leading to the brain which may eventually cause a blockage.

Cholesterol is a type of lipid or fat your body uses to function properly. The goal of health is to achieve a state of balance in your body to ensure it functions optimally. The moment any organ or system in your body slips out of balance, health issues become apparent. There are four cholesterol-related measurements that your physician tracks:

  1. Your total cholesterol count
  2. The amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in your bloodstream
  3. The amount of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol present
  4. Your triglyceride count

HDL is referred to as the good cholesterol while LDL is the bad cholesterol. Hyperlipidemia is a condition in which your body contains too much LDL cholesterol. In general, you want to raise your HDL count while reducing your LDL count. Hyperlipidemia increases the presence of fatty deposits in your arteries and can lead to blockages, resulting in a variety of coronary diseases.

Read more: Warning Signs of Clogged Arteries

Contributing Factors to High Cholesterol

One reason for having high cholesterol may be a metabolic syndrome, defined as having three or more of: a large waist, high triglyceride levels, reduced HDL cholesterol level, increased blood pressure or elevated fasting blood sugar. Metabolic syndrome is often characterized by an apple- or pear-shaped body.

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You need tests to determine whether your cholesterol is out of your control due to a genetic predisposition or within your control through nutrition and weight management. When your local cardiology doctor or a leading heart specialist Dr. Reisman of cardiovascular diagnostic center knows why you have high cholesterol, you can get effective treatment. Some tests your doctor may conduct include:

  • Expanded lipid analysis. This analysis measures lipids, lipid subfractions, particle size and particle number.
  • NMR lipoprotein. NMR stands for nuclear magnetic resonance. It’s the most in-depth way to understand your cholesterol numbers and determine your risk of heart disease. This test provides real-time, direct measurements of how much LDL is in your body.
  • Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT). This is a type of noninvasive ultrasound where your carotid arteries, found in your neck, are measured. This test detects early signs of heart disease before blockages develop.
  • Coronary calcium CT scan. This is a specialized x-ray that provides pictures of your heart. These images reveal if and how much plaque is present in your arteries. Plaque can restrict or completely block the flow of blood to the muscles in your heart. Your heart muscles start dying if they don’t get needed nutrients and oxygen that blood carries. This condition can cause a heart attack.
  • Cardiac CT scan. Also known as computed tomography, this is a non-invasive scan, using x-rays to take detailed pictures of your heart and its blood vessels.

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Preventing High Cholesterol

Preventing high cholesterol isn’t as difficult as it may seem, especially if you’re genetically predisposed to this condition. In fact, the same steps required to lower cholesterol once it gets too high are the same you should follow to prevent it from developing in your body in the first place.

A heart-healthy diet is the key to keeping your body free of high cholesterol. Be mindful of the kind of fats you ingest, as foods like meat, dairy and trans fats promote the development of more LDL cholesterol. Foods to avoid include:

  • Lamb
  • Pork and bacon
  • Cookies, cake and pastries
  • Poultry with skin
  • Buttered popcorn
  • Potato chips and crackers
  • Food products that have partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated vegetable oils

Foods that should be in your diet include:

  • Salmon, trout, sardines and albacore tuna
  • Legumes, nuts and seeds
  • Olive oil, avocado oil, safflower oil
  • Low-fat milk or fat-free milk
  • Oats and oat bran
  • Oranges
  • Blueberries
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Chia seeds
  • Ground flaxseeds
  • Dark chocolate
  • Barley
  • Psyllium, a soluble fiber
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How you prepare your food is equally important. Place foods that contain fat on a rack when they’re cooking so the fat drains off. Also baste your food with wine instead of the fat drippings. Following these steps will lower your cholesterol and improve the quality of your life.

Treating High Cholesterol in NYC

Whether you need hyperlipidemia treatment or metabolic syndrome treatment is up to your Manhattan cardiologist to decide. Hyperlipidemia treatment most often means taking medication to control your symptoms while you focus on lifestyle changes that naturally reduce the LDL while raising your HDL count. Medications include:

  • Statins
  • Cholesterol absorbing inhibitors
  • Bile-acid-binding resins
  • Injectable medications, such as PCSK9 inhibitors

Statin drugs are by far the most common way to control your high cholesterol. In fact, almost 30 percent of Americans take a statin. For your triglycerides, you may be directed to take fibrates, niacin or an Omega-3 fatty acid supplement. Metabolic syndrome treatment involves treating your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. For more information or to have your cholesterol levels checked, make an appointment at the New York Cardiac Diagnostic Center.

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Dr. Steven Reisman | Cardiologist in New York City

Dr. Steven Reisman is an internationally recognized cardiologist and heart specialist. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and a founding member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

Dr. Reisman has presented original research findings for the early detection of "high risk" heart disease and severe coronary artery disease at the annual meetings of both the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Dr. Reisman was part of a group of doctors with the Food and Drug Administration who evaluated the dipyridamole thallium testing technique before the FDA approved it.

Dr. Steven Reisman's academic appointments include Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California and Assistant Professor at SUNY. Hospital appointments include the Director of Nuclear Cardiology at the Long Island College Hospital.

Page Updated on May 24, 2022 by Dr. Reisman (Cardiologist) of New York Cardiac Diagnostic Center

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