Lipid management in Phoenix, AZ involves the monitoring and controlling of cholesterol levels. If you have high cholesterol levels, low HDL levels (good cholesterol), or your triglycerides (a type of fat stored in the blood) are high, you might be a good candidate for lipid management. Learn more about good and bad cholesterol when you contact Pineapple Health and Dr. Kevin Chan and our team today.
What Are Lipids?
You may have heard of cholesterol, but you might not have heard of lipids. These small particles of blood fat circulate through your blood and help your body store energy (among other functions). Cholesterol is a form of fat in your blood, so lipids and cholesterol are often used interchangeably.
What is Lipid Management?
Lipid management in Phoenix, AZ is a program or course of treatment doctors use to help maintain healthy levels of blood fat. Management may include taking blood samples to determine if there is a problem with lipid levels, dietary recommendations, exercise recommendations, or medical treatment if necessary.
Some management programs include visiting a nutritionist to work on specific dietary changes. Other patients might see an exercise specialist to help build a specialized fitness regiment. Some patients visit a lipid specialist to discuss medical treatments and any potential alternative medical therapies.
High Cholesterol Risks
Elevated lipid levels put patients at risk of developing serious medical issues such as chest pain, stroke, heart disease, and heart attack. However, patients can dramatically reduce their risks by lowering bad cholesterol and triglycerides using a combination of medicines – both alternative and traditional – and implementing healthy habits.
What Is Hyperlipidemia?
When talking about lipids, hyperlipidemia is a medical condition where a patient's blood has too much fat. The condition accelerates the formation of fatty deposits in a patient's arteries and puts that person at a high risk of forming a blockage. The condition often puts a person at an extremely high risk of suffering a fatal cardiac event, so it's critical for people who have high blood pressure or smoke to have their lipid levels checked regularly.
To learn more about lipid management in Phoenix, AZ, and to get your questions answered about good and bad cholesterol, schedule a consultation with our team or Dr. Chan at Pineapple Health by calling (480) 961-2366 today.