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High Cholesterol


High Cholesterol in the Los Angeles Area

A major risk factor for heart disease and/or stroke is high cholesterol, though it typically has no symptoms. High cholesterol is usually caused by abnormal levels of LDL cholesterol or HDL cholesterol, which are typically treated with a change of diet, an exercise program and prescription medications such as statins.

High cholesterol is commonly caused by carotid artery disease, or a narrowing of your carotid artery, caused by the buildup of plaque from cholesterol deposits and fatty substances in your arteries. These can also put you at an increased risk of stroke.

A thorough heart disease assessment by Dr. Jay L. Jordan typically includes the following:

  • Complete lipid panel screening (for high cholesterol) – This simple blood test measures HDL, LDL, triglycerides and total cholesterol – all very important in assessing your heart’s health.
  • C-reactive protein (CRP) screening – This is a simple blood test to measure heart disease and stroke risk levels.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening – This is a painless, noninvasive procedure using ultrasound to check your abdominal aorta’s condition.
  • Glucose screening (diabetes) – This is a quick, easy blood screening that measures your blood sugar levels after eight hours of fasting to help identify if you have diabetes.
  • High blood pressure screening – This is another quick, easy test to monitor your diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

The Most Effective Treatments for High Cholesterol

If your blood screenings confirm that you have high cholesterol, Dr. Jay L. Jordan will first recommend a low-fat, low-sodium diet, at least 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise at least four days a week, quitting smoking and limiting your alcohol consumption.

Second, Dr. Jordan may recommend prescription medications to lower your blood pressure, thin your blood (such as a daily 81mg aspirin regimen) and/or cholesterol-lowering medications, typically statins.

Finally, if your cholesterol does not get lower with a combination of diet, exercise and medications, Dr. Jordan may recommend a minimally invasive procedure such as angioplasty, cardiac cauterization, placement of a stent or coronary bypass surgery to clear any blockages within your heart.

For more information about carotid artery disease, high cholesterol or stroke, contact Dr. Jay L. Jordan’s office today.

Jay L. Jordan, MD, is an experienced cardiologist and internal medicine physician who provides a comprehensive range of cardiac care services in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Alhambra, Santa Monica, Glendale, Burbank, Calabasas and nearby communities. Take the first step in preventing and controlling heart disease with symptoms such as angina, arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, cardiomyopathy, carotid artery disease, chest pain, congestive heart failure, coronary vascular disease, hypertension, palpitations, shortness of breath and stroke. Call Dr. Jay L. Jordan at 310-854-5493 or request an appointment online.

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