Cholesterol Specialist

Grand Lake Healthcare

Family Practice located in Grove, OK

More than 70 million American adults have high cholesterol, and only about one-third have the condition under control. Joseph Gelinas, ARPN-CNP, and the skilled team at Grand Lake Healthcare in Grove, Oklahoma, help patients effectively manage high cholesterol. Providers offer you targeted lifestyle modifications, such as guidance with developing exercise routines, and nutrition therapy. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment at Grand Lake Healthcare online today.

Cholesterol Q & A

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found naturally in the fats of your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to maintain production of healthy cells. However, having high cholesterol levels can increase your risk of serious health complications, such as heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.

High cholesterol can lead to the buildup of fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Over time, they can cause blockages that restrict the flow of blood through your arteries. The decreased amount of oxygen-rich blood reaching your heart is the triggering factor of high-cholesterol-related heart problems.

How do I know if I have high cholesterol?

The tricky thing about high cholesterol is there are virtually no symptoms. In most cases, it just causes emergency events, such as strokes or heart attacks. That’s why it’s so important to catch it early.

The only way to detect it is to maintain regular appointments at Grand Lake Healthcare for checkups and wellness exams. During your visits, your provider can perform cholesterol tests. You can have your cholesterol checked with a blood test.

What causes high cholesterol?

The main factor that’s outside your control when it comes to developing high cholesterol is genetics. A family history of high cholesterol can significantly increase your risk.

However, most of the other risk factors, which tend to be unhealthy lifestyle choices, are well within your control, including:

  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Lack of physical activity

How is high cholesterol managed?

The risk factors that often lead to high cholesterol can provide a pathway to effective management of this condition. At Grand Lake Healthcare, providers help you adopt important lifestyle modifications, such as quitting smoking and an overhaul of your diet.

For many high cholesterol sufferers, working with a medical professional who holds you to account, eating a low-sodium diet, exercising regularly, and shedding excess weight can help manage high cholesterol. If these types of changes don’t bring your cholesterol levels down, your provider can recommend medications or other forms of personalized treatment.

To schedule your next visit and to have a cholesterol screening, call Grand Lake Healthcare or use the online booking tool today.