High Cholesterol

Bobby Jacobs, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Edgewater Medical Clinic

Bobby Jacobs, MD

Internal Medicine & Low Testosterone Specialist located in Oklahoma City, OK

Have you heard that one in three Americans has high cholesterol, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? At Edgewater Medical Clinic in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, experienced physician Bobby Jacobs, MD, treats high cholesterol and helps you improve your health and wellness and lower your risk of complications and disease. Dr. Jacobs knows that high cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. Lower your cholesterol to safe, normal levels and protect your heart health by calling Edgewater Medical Clinic or scheduling an appointment online today.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What is high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is present in the fats in your blood. Cholesterol is necessary to help your body build healthy cells, but if you have high cholesterol, this significantly increases your risk of developing heart disease and many other conditions.

Some forms of cholesterol are considered good, but others, particularly in high numbers, can signal problems with your circulatory system and heart health. You and Dr. Bobby Jacobs should pay attention to certain cholesterol markers, such as high triglycerides.

High triglycerides

Triglycerides refer to one of the fats in your blood. Having high triglycerides is a marker that heightens your risk for heart disease and can indicate problems with your heart health.

Low-density lipoproteins

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are called “bad” cholesterol because they can build up in your artery walls and cause them to harden and narrow. Therefore, having high numbers of LDL cholesterol floating around in your blood is problematic.

High-density lipoproteins

High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are considered “good” cholesterol. HDL gather excess cholesterol and return it to your liver. When you have lower levels of LDL cholesterol and higher levels of HDL cholesterol, this is a good indicator of a healthy heart.

What are the complications of high cholesterol?

High cholesterol can lead to complications and a buildup of fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Over time, this can reduce the amount of blood flow through your arteries. If your heart can’t access sufficient oxygen-rich blood, your risk of a heart attack is significantly increased.

Reduced blood flow to the brain can cause a stroke.

What are the risk factors for high cholesterol?

Risk factors for high cholesterol include: 

  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Genetics
  • Excess alcohol intake

High cholesterol is typically the result of environmental factors and unhealthy lifestyle choices over time.

How is high cholesterol treated?

High cholesterol doesn’t typically present symptoms, so you should visit Edgewater Medical Clinic for a checkup and testing. Edgewater Medical Clinic offers convenient in-office blood draws.

If you have a diagnosis of high cholesterol, you’ll need more frequent cholesterol screenings going forward to enable Dr. Jacobs to monitor your health and how your treatment is working.

To treat high cholesterol, Dr. Jacobs might suggest: 

  • Regular exercise
  • Stress management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Reducing your alcohol intake
  • Medications
  • Avoiding unhealthy fats and trans fats (often found in processed foods)
  • Consuming nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits rich in dietary fiber
  • Choosing healthier fats, e.g., fatty fish, avocados, and olive oil

Edgewater Medical Clinic offers prescription plans, nutrition counseling, exercise plans, and lifestyle planning, and many other successful solutions to protect your heart health. Call the office to speak with a team member or schedule an appointment online today.