Cholesterol Specialist

Redwood Family Health Center

Board Certified Family Practice Physicians & Pediatrics located in McKinney, TX & Farmers Branch, TX

High cholesterol can lead to serious health problems, which is why cholesterol screening is so important. Venkata Vallury, MD, Visalakshi Vallury, MD, and the team at Redwood Family Health Center in Farmers Branch and McKinney, Texas, offer cholesterol screening and treatment for high cholesterol under two subscription plan options. They can give you the tools you need to improve your heart health. To schedule an appointment, call the office or request one online today.

Cholesterol Q & A

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a substance with a waxy consistency. It’s found both within your body and also in certain foods. Although cholesterol is necessary to create healthy cells, it can be dangerous if you have too much. 

Because cholesterol has such a sticky texture, it tends to accumulate on the inner walls of your blood vessels. Over time, this sticky buildup develops into plaque that narrows your arteries and limits blood flow. 

If a cholesterol deposit breaks free from a clogged vessel and moves through your circulatory system, it can cause a heart attack or stroke, both of which can be life-threatening. 

There are different types of cholesterol, and understanding the differences can help you know when to make changes in your overall health and wellness. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are the “bad” type of cholesterol and can harden your arteries. 

High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are the “good” type of cholesterol and help clear out LDL cholesterol from your arteries. 

Why do I have high cholesterol?

Many different things can contribute to high cholesterol. Some of those factors are within your control, while others are not. 

Some of the causal factors of high cholesterol include:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

While some people will develop high cholesterol no matter how well they adhere to a healthy lifestyle, most people with high cholesterol can improve their levels by making meaningful lifestyle changes. 

There are many health risks associated with high cholesterol. Hardening of your arteries (atherosclerosis) can lead to chest pain, heart attack, or stroke. 

What can I do to reduce my cholesterol?

Medications can help control your cholesterol, and they can be a good approach if your cholesterol levels are high enough to pose a threat to your heart health. 

Some drugs work to help your liver remove cholesterol from your bloodstream. Others help reduce cholesterol by increasing bile acids or limiting your ability to absorb dietary cholesterol. 

One of the most powerful ways to bring your cholesterol levels down is to alter your lifestyle choices. Losing extra weight is a great place to begin, and it delivers additional health benefits in addition to reducing cholesterol. 

Adding more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to your diet can also be helpful. Try to avoid highly processed foods and those with trans fats.

If you’d like to schedule a cholesterol screening, call our team at Redwood Family Health Center, or request an appointment online today.