Many Wauwatosa and Neenah, WI, patients with high cholesterol are shocked when they receive the diagnosis. They don’t recognize any obvious symptoms. They don’t experience chronic pain. Maybe they know that they have some health concerns, but they don’t realize that their cholesterol is a problem until they visit Dr. Ann Liebeskind at the Mobile Health Team.
Why is High Cholesterol Dangerous?
The human body uses cholesterol to develop new cells. You need some cholesterol to ensure healthy cell generation as you get older.
The problem arises when your body is overrun with excess LDL cholesterol. Yes, that’s the “bad” cholesterol that you want to avoid.
Unused LDL cholesterol is often stored in your blood vessels, leading to blood flow restriction and blockages. Those arterial blocks make it more difficult to circulate blood between your heart and the rest of your body. Hardened cholesterol, known as plaque, may also break off and lead to life-threatening blood clots.
Reduced blood circulation puts you at heightened risk for the development of heart disease. Other organs may also suffer if they don’t receive much-needed nutrients and oxygen from your circulating blood supply.
Signs of High Cholesterol
Many people experience no symptoms of high cholesterol. It isn’t until they experience a life-threatening event due to the accumulation of plaque in their arteries that they receive the diagnosis. You can check your cholesterol levels by seeing a medical provider to run a blood test.
If any of the following factors apply to you, chances are high that you have high cholesterol levels:
- Obese or overweight
- Sedentary lifestyle
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease
Treatment Beyond Lab Results
What do you expect when visiting a Wauwatosa or Neenah, WI, provider for high cholesterol treatment? If your expectations are based on common experiences at doctor’s offices, you may expect your provider to order blood tests to determine your current cholesterol levels. You may also go in prepared to discuss your medical history and fill a prescription at the pharmacy.
That’s all it takes to treat high cholesterol, right? No, that’s just the beginning when you work with our compassionate and experienced team. While we do rely on lab results to gain valuable information about your health, our diagnosis and treatment process goes beyond the lab.
We take the time to understand your current lifestyle, medical history, and unique physical functioning. Our team will answer your questions, listen to your concerns, and develop a personalized treatment plan designed to work with your body.
If you need treatment for high cholesterol in Wauwatosa and Neenah, WI, call (844) 547-4343 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Liebeskind at the Mobile Health Team.