You saw your doctor, had a cholesterol test and found out what your cholesterol numbers are, great!
Now that you understand what cholesterol is and what our risk factors are for heart disease now is the time to make a plan with your healthcare provider.
The plan will involve a treatment and prevention plan to stay heart healthy.
You can maintain healthy cholesterol levels through a healthy lifestyle and medication as recommended by your doctor. It is also important to stay up to date on the latest information regarding cholesterol and how the information may affect you and your family.
When designing a heart healthy plan be sure that it is one that you can stick to for the long haul so that the progress you make lasts and you can see actual health benefits.
Most cholesterol treatment and prevention plans involve dietary modifications, and daily exercise. Both of these elements to your plan will depend on your age, any health issues you have and doctor instructions.
Your doctor will give you cholesterol goals for your next test if your cholesterol was high for the LDL or low for the HDL this time. If you have a goal to shoot for you are more likely to reach it than if you do not have a goal.
Drug therapy is a common part of your plan for reducing bad cholesterol level. Statins are often used to start with because of their effectiveness and low incidence of side effects.
Your drug therapy will depend on where your levels are and if your triglyceride levels are high too, you may be given a fibric acid derivative or niacin. These medications decrease the liver's production of triglycerides.
New medications when developed can be discussed with your doctor and added to your plan if they will benefit and help you to reach your goals.
Common drug classes used to treat high cholesterol are antilipemic agents, bile acid resins, cholesterol absorption inhibitors, combination HMG-CoA Reductase and cholesterol absorption inhibitors, fibric acid derivaties, and also HMG-CoA Reductase inhibitors.
Taking steps to make lifestyle changes that will lower your cholesterol level such as quitting smoking and exercising daily along with making healthy dietary choices are important ways to lower your cholesterol along with the medication that is prescribed by your doctor.
Taking your medication as prescribed is also a part of the plan. So is telling your doctor about any side effects you experience so that your doctor can make adjustments.
Your cholesterol prevention and treatment plan should be monitored and adjusted whenever necessary as your life changes or as your cholesterol level changes.