Heart Failure Survival Center of America
Cardiologists located in Marinette, WI & Crivitz, WI
Hyperlipidemia can be a sign of severe heart disease and shouldn’t be overlooked or ignored. At the Heart Failure Survival Center of America, Dr. Yasser Salem specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hyperlipidemia and other cardiovascular issues that can have a dramatic impact on your health. If you live in the Appleton, Marinette, or Crivitz, Wisconsin areas and have questions about your cardiovascular health, Dr. Salem encourages you to call his office and schedule a consultation.
Hyperlipidemia Q & A
What is Hyperlipidemia?
Hyperlipidemia is present when the blood carries an excessive amount of fats and lipids as it circulates. Commonly referred to as high cholesterol, it’s estimated that close to 71 million Americans have or have had issues with high cholesterol. The following foods can increase the number of lipids and fats in your bloodstream:
- Fried foods
- Heavily marbled red meats
- Processed foods
Your diet is the biggest indicator when it comes to your risk for high cholesterol. When combined with other factors, including a family history of heart disease, your risk of hyperlipidemia dramatically increases. It’s important to have your cholesterol tested regularly and eat a healthy diet that’s low in fats and cholesterol.
How is Hyperlipidemia Treated?
You can treat hyperlipidemia through diet. If you take into consideration your diet and how much you exercise, you may be able to reverse your high cholesterol by making positive lifestyle changes. The two primary changes to be made have to do with diet and exercise.
Eating fish twice a week, eliminating processed foods, and boosting the number of times you exercise during the week to three or more will dramatically alter how much fat your bloodstream transports through your body on a regular basis.
Being active is one of the most important lifestyle changes you can make for two reasons. It not only eliminates the fats in the blood; it also strengthens the heart and the cardiovascular system as a whole.
Who is Most Likely to be Diagnosed with Hyperlipidemia?
Other health conditions that affect the heart and cardiovascular system often accompany hyperlipidemia. Several risk factors will determine how susceptible you are to high cholesterol. A few of them include:
- Poor diet
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Family history of heart disease
Although there are instances where your family history may play a more prominent role, creating positive lifestyle habits and patterns can directly improve your heart's health and the efficiency of your cardiovascular system. If you have an extensive family history of high cholesterol, it’s important that you have your levels checked on a regular basis.