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High Cholesterol Specialist

Cima Medical Centers

Family and Internal Medicine Practice located in Las Vegas, NV

Close to one in three adults have high cholesterol, but healthy lifestyle choices can help reign in high cholesterol. Primary care providers Israel Alvarado, MD, and Robert Webb, PA, at Cima Medical Centers help you control your cholesterol by emphasizing integrative care. They offer an onsite lab, appropriate medications, and medically supervised weight loss in four convenient locations in Las Vegas, Nevada. Call the office or book your cholesterol screening online today.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What is high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatty, waxlike substance. Your body needs some cholesterol, but an excess of cholesterol can lead to serious health problems. Having high cholesterol doubles the risk of heart disease, the chief cause of death in this country. 

Cholesterol comes in two forms. There’s high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is good, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is unhealthy. With high cholesterol, LDL cholesterol gradually accumulates in the crucial arteries leading to your brain and heart. More than 70 million American adults have high LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol.

What causes high cholesterol?

Making unhealthy lifestyle choices can trigger high cholesterol. These unhealthy behaviors include:

  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Eating fatty foods
  • Failing to exercise regularly

High cholesterol also runs in families, a condition known as familial hypercholesterolemia. 

Can I prevent high cholesterol?

Good health habits, such as exercising, quitting smoking, and eating a balanced diet, can prevent or lower high cholesterol levels. Reducing your cholesterol levels can improve your overall health and lower your risk of heart attack and death due to heart disease.

What is cholesterol screening?

High cholesterol doesn’t produce any signs or symptoms, but a simple cholesterol screening at Cima Medical Centers measures the amount of cholesterol in your blood. The service is available onsite.

When your results come back, a member of the team at Cima Medical Centers contacts you to discuss your cholesterol levels. They’ll walk you through your treatment options to get your high cholesterol in check.

How is high cholesterol treated?

The team at Cima Medical Centers works closely with you to manage your cholesterol at a healthy level. Cima Medical Centers provides a medically directed weight loss program to teach you healthy eating habits and help you lose weight. 

You may experience significant results from the program. Patients have lost up to 40 pounds in two months, although results vary.

Your Cima Medical Centers provider also may prescribe medications to manage your high cholesterol, including statins, to lower the amount of unhealthy cholesterol, or resins, which encourage your body to rid itself of cholesterol. Another potential option is a medicine called a selective cholesterol absorption inhibitor, which prevents the absorption of bad cholesterol.

If you need cholesterol screening or medically supervised, integrative treatment for high cholesterol, call today, or request a consultation online with Cima Medical Centers.