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High Cholesterol Specialist

Lilian Laimo, APRN, FNP-BC -  - Advanced Practice Nurse

Optimal Health Medical Clinic

Lilian Laimo, APRN, FNP-BC

Advanced Practice Nurse located in Mesa, AZ

About 71% of Americans have high cholesterol, a chronic condition that increases the risk of more serious health problems. At Optimal Health Medical Clinic, Lilian Laimo, APRN, FNP-BC, and the team provide comprehensive care for people with high cholesterol. Using holistic, integrative measures, they can prevent progression and improve your quality of life. To make an in-person or telemedicine appointment at the practice in Mesa, Arizona, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member today.

High Cholesterol

What is high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s produced in the liver. It plays a critical role in the formation of cells, vitamin D, and certain hormones.

Everyone needs some cholesterol to survive, but if your levels become too high, you’re more likely to experience a heart attack or stroke. 

Because the condition presents few symptoms, the only way to know if you’re at risk is to regularly participate in annual physicals and wellness exams.

What are the types of cholesterol?

The are several types of cholesterol, including:

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol)

LDL cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, carries cholesterol from your liver to the arteries. When this occurs, cholesterol can build up, preventing your blood from circulating adequately. If blood is unable to reach your heart or brain, you’re more likely to experience a life-threatening event like a heart attack or a stroke. 

High-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol)

HDL cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol, carries LDL cholesterol to your liver, where it’s removed from the body. By eliminating LDL cholesterol from your bloodstream, it’s possible to prevent it from building up. Healthy levels of HDL cholesterol help lower the risk of blood clots and heart disease.

Triglycerides

Triglycerides are fatty molecules that your body uses for energy. When you eat more calories than you can use, your body converts them to triglycerides and stores them in your fat cells for later. 

How is high cholesterol diagnosed?

To diagnose high cholesterol, Lilian conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms. Then, she draws a sample of your blood and sends it to a medical laboratory for analysis. If your levels of total cholesterol or LDL cholesterol are too high, it means you have high cholesterol. 

How is high cholesterol treated?

At Optimal Health Medical Clinic, Lilian and the team use holistic, integrative measures to treat high cholesterol. Depending on your age and health history, they might recommend:

  • Losing weight
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Quitting smoking
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Managing your stress levels

If healthy lifestyle changes aren’t enough to lower your cholesterol levels, Lilian might recommend prescription medication, like statins, to keep your numbers in check.

To receive treatment for high cholesterol, make an appointment at Optimal Health Medical Clinic by calling the office to speak with a friendly staff member or clicking the online booking tool.