If your physician is concerned you may have hyperlipidemia, or high cholesterol, he or she will do a lipid panel, which checks your cholesterol levels. This test gives the levels of total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides in your blood. In most cases you will be required to fast for about twelve hours before this sample can be taken to get the most accurate results.
Your doctor can work with you to determine your cholesterol goals and how to get to them. A desirable level of LDL may be 100 mg/dL and 130 of non-HDL. At numbers above 190, you get into troubling territory. However, by implementing medication and lifestyle changes, it is possible to get things back under control.
One way to ensure you implement those changes is by using an experienced physician, like the ones at Primary Medical Group. By coming to your home at least once a month, you can be sure things are under control and you are following the proper treatment. In addition, at home doctors can do almost all the same things a doctor in an office would, without requiring you to step outside your home.
There are a few medications used for hyperlipidemia. Statins are a top choice, as they cause your liver to remove cholesterol from your blood. However, your physician may also try a bile-acid-binding resin, cholesterol absorption inhibitor, or injectable. For high triglycerides, the common types are Omega-3 fatty acid supplements, niacin, and fibrates.
Neglecting to treat your high cholesterol can put you at risk of heart disease, atherosclerosis (plague buildup in arteries), blood clots, and even death. If you aren’t seeing a physician for your hyperlipidemia, consider giving Primary Medical Group a call.