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Dr. Maureen Mays
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Hypercholesterolemia (Overview)

↑ed cholesterol (in blood); a specific fat molecule made by every animal cell on planet, part of every animal cell membrane, enables membrane flexibility, cells to change shape, animals to move. Look it up ("cholesterol molecule" works best) on Google & images. Additionally, for most people Hi-Chol foods ↓es measured LDL particles while ↓Chol foods ↑LDL; driving artery disease. Study/Learn Issues


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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

Dr. Maureen Mays
1,045 doctors shared insights

Hypercholesterolemia (Overview)

↑ed cholesterol (in blood); a specific fat molecule made by every animal cell on planet, part of every animal cell membrane, enables membrane flexibility, cells to change shape, animals to move. Look it up ("cholesterol molecule" works best) on Google & images. Additionally, for most people Hi-Chol foods ↓es measured LDL particles while ↓Chol foods ↑LDL; driving artery disease. Study/Learn Issues


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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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Dr. Karen Vaniver Dr. Vaniver
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Hypercholesterolemia (Tip)

High cholesterol; what you need to avoid is this; too many sugars! ...See more

Dr. Ankush Bansal Dr. Bansal
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Managing High Cholesterol (Checklist)

Take your meds as prescribed
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Avoid or limit all meat except fish that swim (i.e. 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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Hypercholesterolemia (Tip)

What factors contribute to my high cholesterol? More than 70 different things need to be considered. ...See more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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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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Hypercholesterolemia (Tip)

High cholesterol; not main cause of heart disease; reduce inflammation! ...See more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Eating a High Protein Diet (Checklist)

Balance diet with lots of greens, vegetables, & hydrate adequately
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Treatment of hypercholesterolemia in young adults? Can they get by w/o medications?

Treatment of hypercholesterolemia in young adults?  Can they get by w/o medications?

Yes, maybe: It depends on the type of cholesterol that is elevated and how high the elevation is. Usually diet and exercise have a significant effect on cholesterol without medication. ...Read more

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Hypercholesterolemia (Tip)

Find and fix factors contributing to high cholesterol (thyroid, blood sugar, kidney disease, etc.). ...See more

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What treatment should someone take for hypercholesterolemia?

What treatment should someone take for hypercholesterolemia?

Cholesterol: There are a bunch of non pharmicological treatment including diet and exercise . Red yeast rice is also helpful to lower LDL . Medications include statin drugs Niacin and a group called fib rates. ...Read more

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How can I control my cholesterol level other than exercise and take drugs if I have hypercholesterolemia?

How can I control my cholesterol level other than exercise and take drugs if I have hypercholesterolemia?

You don't: Diet is most often not successful. I cannot emphasize enough the long term value of statins in preventing coronary heart disease. You are playing with your life if you rely on alternative therapies. ...Read more

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I have high hypercholesterolemia. Besides a genetic problem, are there any other causes of this?

I have high hypercholesterolemia. Besides a genetic problem, are there any other causes of this?

Diet or weight: A diet high in saturated or trans fat often contributes to high cholesterol and shifting from saturated and trans fats like butter, lard and solid margarine to unsaturated fats like olive oil or canola oil can often help bring down the cholesterol level. Losing weight if you're overweight can also help. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a risk of familial hypercholesterolemia?

Screen lipid panel: Hi Familial hypercholesterolemia is a defect in the LDL receptor gene. You have 2 copies of the gene: 1 from your mom & 1 from your dad. If you have 1 good copy and 1 mutant copy, you're heterozygous and have elevated LDL and premature atherosclerosis. If you have 2 bad copies, you're homozygous recessive, and have very aggressive atherosclerosis at a young age. There is gene testing. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent my children from inheriting familial hypercholesterolemia?

Is there a way to prevent my children from inheriting familial hypercholesterolemia?

Prevention: You can't prevent the inheritance of hypercholesterolemia because it is genaticicallty determined but your children can be treated with statins to control their cholesterol level. ...Read more

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Is hypercholesterolemia permanent?

Is hypercholesterolemia permanent?

No.: It can be treated with dietary modification and medications. ...Read more

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How do you treat hypercholesterolemia?

How do you treat hypercholesterolemia?

Diet, exercise, meds: Proper diet (low in saturated and trans fats, high in fiber), regular exercise (cardiovascular preferably), weight loss (if overweight) are good places to start. Should this not work, then we can add medications, niacin, fish oil or flax supplementation. ...Read more

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High Cholesterol (Definition)

High amounts of cholesterol (a fat made by ...Read more