High cholesterol is a leading contributor to the No. 1 cause of death for
men and women in the U.S.: heart disease. By taking control of your cholesterol,
you can reduce your chances of needing heart care in the ER or of becoming
one of the 2,100 Americans that die each day from heart disease. Cut your
risk of heart disease and lower your cholesterol with these steps.
Commit to Lifestyle Changes
One of the most important parts of heart care is living a heart-healthy
lifestyle. Protect your heart by choosing foods that support healthy cholesterol,
like lean proteins, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Choose heart-healthy oils rather than trans and saturated fats. Get 30
minutes of exercise at least five days a week to boost your cardiovascular
health. Smoking is one of the most disastrous things you can do to your
heart, so don’t start—and if you do smoke, quit. Your doctor
has tools that can make giving up cigarettes easier.
For some people, lifestyle changes are not enough to keep cholesterol under
control. In these cases, medications that lower cholesterol can be useful.
There are several different types of
cholesterol medicines, and your doctor will choose the right one for you based on several different
factors. If you are prescribed medication, take it as directed for the
Manage Other Medical Conditions
In some cases, other chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, can
exacerbate high cholesterol. If you have another such condition, be sure
to follow your treatment plan closely to reduce the risk of complications.
Controlling your overall health is an important part of heart care.
The cardiology unit at
Tulane Medical Center offers sophisticated diagnostics and treatments, including robotic surgery
and cardiac transplants, as well as responsive ER services for chest pain.
If you need cardiac care or more information about our hospital services,
please call (504) 988-5263.