Cholesterol Manhattan NY

What is Cholesterol?

People with high blood cholesterol are at a much greater risk of getting heart disease. Because high blood cholesterol does not often cause symptoms on its own, many people are unaware their cholesterol level is too high.

The buildup of cholesterol is called plaque. Over time, plaque buildup can cause hardening of the arteries, a dangerous condition known as atherosclerosis. This harmful plaque can burst (rupture), releasing cholesterol and fat into the bloodstream and may cause your blood to clot. A clot can block the flow of blood, which puts you at high risk for angina or a heart attack.

Working with your doctor to reduce your blood cholesterol level is the key to preventing serious heart problems and may slow down, reduce or even stop plaque from accumulating. Lifestyle changes to lower cholesterol include eating a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet; exercising; quitting smoking; drinking alcohol in moderation; and controlling diabetes and high blood pressure.

For more information on Cholesterol in the Manhattan, NY area call The NY Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at (212) 717-0666 today!