Blood Lipids You Need to Know
We’ve all heard the warnings, whether they are from our doctor, our spouses or someone on TV – it seems like everyone is telling us to avoid too much cholesterol in our diet. High cholesterol, sometimes known as hypercholesterolemia, is a condition in which our cholesterol content within the blood elevates enough to cause certain, adverse health issues – such as heart attack or heart disease. Heart disease effects countless Americans each and everyyear and is even the leading cause of death in the US according to the CDC. According to Dr. Mikhail Kapchits, considered the Best Cardiologist Queens has to offer, one of the biggest issues with cholesterol is that it does not present with any symptoms and is completely painless. This means that it is difficult to diagnose, unless you are responsible in visiting your cardiologist to undergo a blood test.
So what exactly is cholesterol anyway? Cholesterol is a dense, fatty substance found in every cell of your body. Cholesterol is produced by your liver and is essential to many of your life-sustaining functions. Cholesterol helps the body to produce hormones as well as vitamin D, in addition to being found in compounds such as bile that help the body to digest foods. According to Dr. Kapchits, the best cardiologist Queens has in practice, it is important for patients to understand that there are two different categories and a few specific types of cholesterol. Cholesterol is broken down into two separate categories, LDL and HDL.
Low-density lipoprotein, is considered bad cholesterol – LDL cholesterol creates plaque deposits that build up and harden up against the walls of the blood vessels – a common, sever condition known as atherosclerosis often known as the hardening of the arteries. When this occurs to the coronary arteries that provide blood to the heart, it reduces the blood supply being delivered to the heart, and thus reducing the oxygen supply as well. Over time, this will cause heart attacks and death, long term. In some instances, the arteries that supply blood to the brain, chest, arms and legs, can also develop a number of plaques – leaving you at a much higher risk of stroke, intestinal damage or arterial damage.
High-density lipoprotein is considered the good cholesterol, as it can help to reduce the harm causing LDL cholesterol. HDL does this by transporting the LDL cholesterol to the liver, removing it from the bloodstream and away from the vital organs.
What are Triglycerides?
Triglycerides are another form of blood fat similar to cholesterol. While HDL is considered to be good and LDL is considered to be bad, triglycerides are known to increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. However, making healthy lifestyle choices like healthy diet and exercise plan can help to lower your triglyceride level and keep it at a manageable level. Some individuals however, are genetically predisposed to have higher than normal triglyceride levels. According to the best cardiologist Queens has in practice, Dr. Kapchits, a number of his patients suffer from this genetic condition known hypertriglyceridemia.
These blood lipids are a vital part of anyone’s cardiovascular health and their overall health and wellness. For more information on your blood lipid levels, other cardiological issues, or to schedule a lipid panel of your own, contact Advanced Medical Care Cardiology today.