Hyperlipidemia Specialist

Dr. Alberto Chavira

Cardiologists located in San Marcos, CA

Hyperlipidemia, or high cholesterol, can be effectively managed and treated before complications arise. In San Marcos, California, highly experienced cardiologist Dr. Alberto Chavira offers a wide spectrum of effective treatments to lower your cholesterol to a safe range and reduce your risk of heart disease. Dr. Chavira devises customized treatment plans that address your specific needs and health. Call to schedule a consultation or book online today.

Hyperlipidemia

What is hyperlipidemia?

If you have high cholesterol, you have a condition called hyperlipidemia.

Cholesterol is present in the fats in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells. However, high cholesterol, like high glucose, can increase your risk of heart disease and the number of other health complications and diseases.

There are two main types of cholesterol. One is considered good and the other, in excess, is considered bad.


LDL

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are often called bad cholesterol since they can accumulate in your artery walls, causing them to harden and narrow, which then leads to heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and kidney failure.


HDL

High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are the good cholesterol. HDL cholesterol gathers excess cholesterol in your arteries and restores the health of the arteries. The goal of treatment of cholesterol is to have higher levels of HDL cholesterol and lower levels of LDL cholesterol. This reduction of inflammation in your arteries leads to a decrease in your risk of heart attacks, strokes, CHF, and renal failure.


Triglycerides are another type of fat found in your blood. Having high triglycerides is also another marker that increases your risk for heart disease and can indicate problems with your heart.


What are the complications of hyperlipidemia?

Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) can cause inflammation in your arteries and an accumulation of damaging fatty deposits in your blood vessels. The more cholesterol accumulates in your arteries, the higher the risk that you will suffer a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney failure.


What are the risk factors for hyperlipidemia?

There are a number of risk factors for hyperlipidemia, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Genetics
  • Poor diet
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Hyperlipidemia is typically the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices over time. In almost all cases, hyperlipidemia is both treatable and the complications noted above are preventable.


What are the treatments for hyperlipidemia?

Hyperlipidemia doesn’t show any symptoms. To be diagnosed correctly and treat high cholesterol, you must undergo regular screening. If you’re concerned about your cholesterol levels, you should visit Dr. Chavira for testing.

Dr. Chavira offers numerous treatment options for hyperlipidemia, including:

  • Medications
  • Exercise guidance
  • Stress reduction
  • Medications
  • Nutritional counseling, such as: avoiding trans fats from processed foods, consuming nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits that are rich in dietary fiber, and choosing healthier fats in your diet, such as olive oil, fatty fish, and avocados.
  • Smoking cessation advice and medications to help you stop smoking.

The right treatments can lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of disease, along with improving your overall health. Call Dr. Alberto Chavira for personalized care or book online.