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Dr. Maureen Mays
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Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

Hypercholesterolemia is also known as High cholesterol. Hypercholesterolemia is the condition of having a high cholesterol level in the blood.

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What are the symptoms of hypercholesterolemia?

What are the symptoms of hypercholesterolemia?

Generally none : Except in extreme cases when you can get an inflammed pancreas or liver, or skin fat globules, there are usually no symptoms until you have a stroke or heart attack. That is why we check your cholesterol if you are at risk. A good resource for general prevention information is my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how familial hypercholesterolemia is diagnosed?

Does  anyone know how familial hypercholesterolemia is diagnosed?

Lipid testing: A simple blood test will help your doctor determine whether you have a genetic disorder that makes it difficult for your body to maintain normal levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. ...Read more

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Controlling Your Cholesterol (Tip)

Controlling Your Cholesterol

High cholesterol? Try dandelion root tea & jerusalem artichokes for inulin. ...See more

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Managing High Cholesterol (Checklist)

Take your meds as prescribed
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Avoid/reduce all meats except fish that swim (limit shellfish)
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No red meats and limited poultry
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Reduce fatty, fried, sugary foods
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How do I know if I have hypercholesterolemia without a blood test? Are there any symptoms to watch for?

How do I know if I have hypercholesterolemia without a blood test?  Are there any symptoms to watch for?

Cholesterol "stye": Very rarely do signs or symptoms give you a hint that you have high cholesterol. One sign: some eyelid styes are caused by high cholesterol. Best bet -- donate blood at your local donation center and get a free cholesterol screen. ...Read more

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Controlling Your Cholesterol (Tip)

Controlling Your Cholesterol

Eat healthy slow carbs: whole grains, beans/nuts, fruits & veggies. High carbs-->high cholesterol! ...See more

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Managing High Cholesterol (Checklist)

Remember most cholesterol is produced by our own bodies
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Know that food intake accounts for about 20% of lab values
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Take quality marine fish oil, proper dose, to lower triglycerides
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Consider using red yeast rice to lower LDL
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Do doctors know what causes familial hypercholesterolemia?

Yes: Ldl liver receptors normally grab onto the cholesterol in the blood stream, dump the cholesterol into the bile and thus lower the blood cholesterol level..In familial hypercholesterolemia there is a much lower number of these receptors so the blood cholesterol level is very high allowing the cholesterol to be deposited in blood vessels causing the deposits leading to heart attacks and strokes. ...Read more

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What dot ventricular hypertrophy, and familial hypercholesterolemia mean?

Two separate : Entities. Ventricular hypertrophy and hypercholesterolemia are usually not related. Hyper-cholestrolemia causes heart disease and ventricular hypertrophy may end up in heart failure. Please be more specific in your question. ...Read more

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High Cholesterol (Definition)

Cholesterol, a fat made by all our cells, has never been the correct issue but was promoted because (as a fat within all lipoprotein particles) it was cheaper to measure & if very high (esp. Fasting) tended to correlate with high LDL particle concentrations. In the later 1970's lipoprotein measurements cost $5, 000/sample. The NMR particle test, <$100, brought the LDL costs way ...Read more

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