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High cholesterol is the only early red flag indicator to suggest you are on the path for the accumulation of cholesterol, known as plaque, in one or more of your arteries. Cutting to the chase, the accumulation of cholesterol may result in a clogged artery followed by a stroke, heart attack, and/or other vascular diseases. This accumulation of cholesterol which may be described as narrowing of the arteries is called Atherosclerosis which to say the least, it’s not pretty. Atherosclerosis may be slowed in its progression by screening for high cholesterol during annual check ups, perhaps a Pet Scan (cash pay), and obtaining treatment when necessary.
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High cholesterol is only identified during a health screening and perhaps a Pet Scan, as symptoms do not usually surface until the later stages of Atherosclerosis which may be an emergent time. The Health Screening may lead to the following discussions, including, but not necessarily limited to the following.
- People with a family history of aneurysm should have an echo-cardiogram annually over 50.
- The risk may be greater for those who have had family members with high cholesterol, known as a genetic risk factor. These people may want to commence screening earlier on.
- Those who take select medications that are associated with a risk for high cholesterol may be affected.
- The development of the disease also depends on lifestyle choices. As such, reducing lifestyle factors associated with high cholesterol may be beneficial, including: quit smoking, proper diet, lose weight if overweight, control diabetes and blood pressure if necessary.
- Learn more about the combination of plaque, type 2 diabetes (even borderline diabetes) and the risk of cognitive decline in Diabetes-Heart-Mind Combo.
Healthy Lifestyle Habits. Health Screening. Assess Your Cholesterol Level. Learn about Medication, The Non-Invasive Clot Busting Drug, and Surgical Treatment Options. Symptoms that do appear depend on which artery is affected over time and may be emergent in nature.
It is important to recognize that medications and medical procedures are associated with benefits and risks that should be discussed with your physician. It is important to recognize that all information contained on this website cannot be considered to be specific medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or medical advice. As always, you should consult with a physician regarding any medical condition. Your Health Access disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.