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Dr. Maureen Mays
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Hypercholesterolemia (Overview)

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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Dr. Maureen Mays
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Hypercholesterolemia (Overview)

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


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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Payam Rafat
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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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