High Cholesterol Specialist

Kubal Family Medicine

Vipul Kubal, DO

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Las Vegas, NV

High cholesterol is one of the silent killers – you don’t know you have a problem until you suffer a medical emergency like a heart attack. Vipul Kubal, DO, of Kubal Family Medicine in Las Vegas is an experienced physician who offers cholesterol screening tests, so patients can take steps to lower their cholesterol before they experience any major health problems. Dr. Kubal also helps patients who have high cholesterol by supporting them in making healthier choices and quitting bad lifestyle habits. Call Kubal Family Medicine today to arrange your cholesterol screening test, or book an appointment using the online tool.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a kind of specialized fat that in one form is an essential aid to the formation of healthy cells. In other forms, cholesterol builds up inside the arteries and can lead to serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke.

The forms of cholesterol that are bad for your arteries are low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and VLDL (very-low-density lipoprotein). High-density lipoprotein (HDL), is the form of cholesterol that’s good for you, taking excess cholesterol particles to the liver for disposal. For optimum health, you need sufficient HDL and minimal LDL and VLDL.

What are the symptoms of high cholesterol?

High cholesterol doesn’t cause any symptoms, so you won’t know you have it until you experience a serious health problem, like having a heart attack.

For this reason, it’s essential to undergo routine screening tests to measure your cholesterol levels. If you know you have too much LDL and VLDL, and not enough HDL, you can take action to reduce your cholesterol levels before you experience any of these potentially life-threatening health conditions.

What causes high cholesterol?

High cholesterol is typically brought on by poor lifestyle choices, such as:

  • Eating high levels of saturated and trans fats
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Not taking regular exercise
  • Smoking

You may be more likely to develop high cholesterol if you inherit certain genes, and diseases such as diabetes can raise cholesterol levels, too. High cholesterol also tends to become more of a problem as you get older, because the liver can’t remove bad cholesterol as effectively.

What treatments are available for high cholesterol?

Although you may need medication for high cholesterol, very often, the most effective treatment is to make changes to your lifestyle. The kinds of changes you need to make include:

  • Losing excess weight
  • Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Cutting down or eliminating trans and saturated fats
  • Reducing the amount of salt you use
  • Quitting smoking
  • Taking regular exercise
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Tackling chronic stress

Dr. Kubal can advise you whether you need medication as well, which you might have to take if your cholesterol is extremely high, at least until the lifestyle changes take effect. Possible medications include:

  • Statins
  • Bile-acid-binding resins.
  • Cholesterol absorption inhibitors
  • PCSK9 inhibitors
  • Fibrates
  • Niacin
  • Omega-3 fatty acid supplements

You can prevent serious health problems and make a significant difference to your future wellbeing by going for regular cholesterol screening at Kubal Family Medicine. Call the practice now to arrange your cholesterol screening, or book an appointment using the online tool.