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Taking Control of Your Cholesterol

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.

Consider Medications

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 best results.

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.

Categories: Health Tips, Cholesterol