High Cholesterol Specialist

Oliver Family Healthcare

Family Medicine Physicians located in Indianapolis, IN

Approximately 37% of US adult men and women have cholesterol levels that put them at risk for potentially deadly strokes and heart attacks. High cholesterol has no symptoms, but you can find out if you have this condition by asking Dr. Gregory A. Oliver for a simple blood test at Oliver Family Healthcare in Indianapolis, Indiana. If you live in the Indianapolis area and haven’t had a cholesterol test recently, contact Dr. Oliver and his team by phone or with the online booking form.

High Cholesterol Q & A

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What’s cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy lipid (fat) your body produces to strengthen the membranes that support and protect your cells. Your body makes all of the cholesterol required to keep your cells healthy, and additional cholesterol comes from from the food you eat.

Two types of cholesterol make up total blood cholesterol levels. HDL, or “good” cholesterol, lowers your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, increases your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

What’s high cholesterol?

When you consume too much cholesterol, it builds up in your arteries and causes a condition called atherosclerosis. The LDL cholesterol build-up narrows your arteries and may cause clots and inflammation that lead to potentially deadly heart attacks and strokes.

You’re more likely to have high LDL cholesterol if you:

  • Eat food containing trans fats
  • Overeat food containing saturated fat or cholesterol
  • Don’t exercise (not exercising lowers HDL, the good cholesterol)
  • Are over 20 years
  • Have a family history of high cholesterol

How can I tell if I have high cholesterol?

High cholesterol doesn’t create symptoms. The only way to determine your cholesterol levels is by having them tested.

At Oliver Family Healthcare, your team member administers a blood test to create a lipid panel, which measures the level of fat and cholesterol in your blood. Most men and women between the ages of 20 and 79 should have their cholesterol tested every four to six years.

How do I lower my cholesterol?

If you have high LDL cholesterol levels, Dr. Oliver and his team help you lower them while reducing other risk factors for heart disease and stroke. For instance, if you have diabetes, they ensure it’s under control.

Dr. Oliver first recommends a heart-healthy lifestyle to lower your bad cholesterol levels. He’s also likely to suggest making lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Adding more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish to your diet
  • Finding exercise and physical activities you can do every day
  • Losing weight (the team can help with this, too)
  • Quitting smoking

When your LDL levels don’t respond to lifestyle changes, or if you’re at risk for a heart attack or stroke, Dr. Oliver may prescribe statins. Statins reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol while raising HDL (good) cholesterol.

Ready for a cholesterol test? Call the caring team at Oliver Family Healthcare to schedule an appointment or book one online.

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