Dr. Liebeskind and her staff are experts in lipidology, the field of cholesterol. From first-time testing to long-standing severe cholesterol problems, we treat all cholesterol concerns from childhood to mature adults. People with high cholesterol levels in their blood are at greater risk for getting heart disease. High blood cholesterol does not often cause symptoms on its own, so most people are not aware when their cholesterol level is too high.
Cholesterol never becomes abnormal on its own - it falls out of the normal range due to genetics (inherited problems) or from medical problems that cause your body to change how it makes and how it uses cholesterol. This means that we never look just at your cholesterol problem. We look at the whole YOU! We look at your nutrition, exercise and health status. They are all important parts of the road map that led you to having abnormal cholesterol. Once we look at the "why" and "how" of your cholesterol problem, then solving the question "What next?" is much easier.
The buildup of cholesterol in your artery walls is called plaque. Plaque itself can cause hardening of the arteries and it can block blood from passing through those arteries. This harmful plaque can also break (rupture), releasing cholesterol and fat into the bloodstream. This can cause your blood to clot in response to seeing that "foreign" material. A clot can block the flow of blood. When this occurs in the arteries feeding your heart muscle, this can cause chest pain (angina) or even a heart attack (starving or dying heart muscle).
Working with your healthcare providers to lower your blood cholesterol can slow down, reduce or even stop plaque from accumulating. Effective treatments may include changes in nutrition, changes in exercise patterns, quitting smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, controlling other conditions that are affecting your cholesterol, and/or taking over-the-counter or prescription medications.
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