High Cholesterol Diagnosis and Management in Castle Rock

High Cholesterol

High Cholesterol Treatment

Founders Family Medicine provides accurate testing, diagnosis and treatment for high cholesterol. We offer compassionate healthcare for patients of all ages.

To schedule your visit, call 303-688-8666.

Common Symptoms of High Cholesterol

The only way to confirm one’s cholesterol level is with a blood test. However, patients with high cholesterol may experience some of the common signs associated with the condition.

  • Xanthomas, or soft, yellow growths on the skin

  • Impotence in men

  • Symptoms of coronary artery disease, including fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea and pain in the jaw, back or neck

Most extreme symptoms of high cholesterol don’t occur until the situation is an emergency, like with a stroke or heart attack. It’s important to regularly check cholesterol levels. This is especially true for patients with risk factors for high cholesterol.

What Are the Risk Factors for High Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a normal and healthy part of our bodies. Yet, when our cholesterol levels become out of balance, we suffer negative effects. Certain behaviors and lifestyle habits lead to an increased risk factor for high cholesterol.

Patients with high cholesterol often suffer from other conditions like obesity, heart disease and hypertension. In addition, patients with high cholesterol have a greater risk of heart attack and stroke.

A poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking and obesity all contribute to high cholesterol. A family history of high cholesterol also increases a patient’s risk.

Diagnosing High Cholesterol

A simple lipid panel blood test identifies cholesterol levels. It’s recommended for everyone age 20 and over to regularly check cholesterol levels at a minimum of once every five years.

Cholesterol divides into two main categories, LDL and HDL. For LDL, a healthy level falls below 100 mg/dL. An HDL level of 60 mg/dL is ideal to protect patients from heart disease. For HDL, a higher number is better.

These recommendations are general guidelines. It’s best to work with your doctor to identify your ideal cholesterol levels based on your risk factors and specific health.

Treating High Cholesterol

High cholesterol treatment primarily requires lifestyle changes. Diet and exercise greatly impact cholesterol levels. The good news is most patients have the power to change their cholesterol level.

Eating a healthy, low-fat diet including primarily vegetables and fruits, whole grains, proteins low in saturated fat and foods lower in sugar can reduce cholesterol levels. Changing your diet helps reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Your doctor may also prescribe a lipid medication to lower your cholesterol levels. There are a few different lipid medications available. Your doctor will work with you to find the best medication option for your specific needs.

What Are the Complications of High Cholesterol?

Don’t ignore high cholesterol. The complications from high cholesterol can permanently damage your health if not addressed.

  • Heart attack

  • Stroke

  • Carotid artery disease

  • Coronary heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Kidney disease

Prevention of High Cholesterol

We help patients with the risk factors for high cholesterol identify and implement preventative strategies. Don’t wait until you receive a high cholesterol diagnosis to make changes. Start today on the path to better heart health.

  • Eat a healthy diet

  • Increase physical activity

  • Quit smoking

  • Lose weight and maintain a healthy weight

  • Manage other health conditions, like high blood pressure

Preventative care improves health and fights against debilitating health conditions, like high cholesterol, hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

Castle Rock Medical Care for High Cholesterol

Founders Family Medicine and Urgent Care offer treatment for high cholesterol at our Castle Rock clinic. We offer both in-clinic and telehealth appointments for your convenience and comfort.

From urgent care to the ongoing management of your health, our health care team provides effective and patient-centered treatment solutions.

Contact us to schedule an appointment.