High Cholesterol

Does high cholesterol run in your family? If it does, chances are it may become a health issue as you age, if it isn’t already. It’s always good to have some information about what cholesterol is and how to manage it.

At ProHealth Medical Care we can help you find out your cholesterol levels with a simple blood test and work with you for the best course of treatment.

If you would like to have your cholesterol checked, our medical professionals will run a “Lipid Profile” for you.

  • The cost is $32
  • Do not have anything to eat for 6 to 12 hours prior to coming in (water or black coffee are OK)
  • You don’t even need to make an appointment! Walk-ins are welcome.

Cholesterol is a waxy steroid of fat that is manufactured in the liver and intestines. It is used to produce hormones and cell membranes and is transported in the blood of all mammals. Cholesterol is also an important component for the manufacture of bile acids, steroid hormones and Vitamin D. Although cholesterol is important and necessary for mammals, high levels in the blood can damage arteries and are potentially linked to heart disease.

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There are Three Main Components of Cholesterol

HDL (good cholesterol) is thought to carry cholesterol away from the arteries to the liver, where the body can eliminate it. It’s best for your HDL to be higher. You can increase your HDL by doing aerobic exercises like walking or biking for 20-30 minutes a day, and by increasing your intake of monounsaturated fats like canola and olive oil, avocados, and peanut butter.

LDL (bad cholesterol) is the type that builds up in your arteries. Together with other substances LDL forms plaque, which can restrict blood flow to your heart and brain, which is why it’s so important for your LDL to be low. A few easy ways to lower your LDL are to increase your intake of soluble fibers such as whole grains like oats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and legumes. Not only will they lower your LDL but will help to increase your HDL, as well.

Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood. They’re produced in the liver and also come from food that you eat. High levels of triglycerides can contribute to the hardening and narrowing of arteries, making it harder for blood to flow. High triglycerides go hand-in-hand with high LDL levels and lower HDL levels. The steps you take to lower your LDL and increase your HDL will help to keep your triglycerides at appropriate levels for good health.

High Blood Pressure

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking 2,200 lives per day. Knowing your blood pressure- and how to keep it at a healthy level- is vital for staying away from heart issues. Blood pressure readings aren’t just for the doctor. They are important to monitor and easy to understand.

To help, ProHealth Medical Care offers free blood pressure checks during any of our open hours. Our medical professionals will give you your blood pressure reading and follow-up if it’s higher or lower than a healthy number.

While blood pressure can vary from minute to minute with changes in posture, exercise, stress or sleep, it should normally be less than 120/80 mm Hg (less than 120 systolic AND less than 80 diastolic) for an adult age 20 or over. About one in three (33.5%) U.S. adults have high blood pressure.

  • Usually systolic (the top number) gets more attention, since it’s a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease for people over 50 years old.
  • In most people, systolic blood pressure rises steadily with age due to increasing stiffness of large arteries, long-term build-up of plaque, and increased incidence of cardiac and vascular disease.
  • Though you can take blood pressure readings and monitor them yourself, it is beneficial to have the help of a healthcare professional. Don’t worry or diagnose yourself as having “high blood pressure” with one higher-than-normal reading. If you get a systolic reading of 180mm Hg or higher or a diastolic reading of 110 mm Hg or higher, wait a few minutes and take it again.
  • If your blood pressure stays at 140/90 mm Hg or above (systolic 140 or above OR diastolic 90 or above) over time, one of our providers would be happy to work with you to develop a treatment plan.
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