High cholesterol or “hyperlipidemia” (pronounced hyper-lipid-emia) is when the cholesterol that is naturally found in your bloodstream becomes too high.
This can be due to insufficient clearing of this cholesterol or an excessive intake of cholesterol. What factors influence this rise in cholesterol?
A diet high in saturated fat (fat from animal sources), heredity (there is a genetic link), activity level (sedentary or low activity perpetuates the
development of high cholesterol.
Why do we care about high cholesterol?
High cholesterol levels can build up in the arteries in your body and start to harden (atherosclerosis). This can increase blood pressure, cause heart attacks,
strokes, inhibit blood flow, affect kidney function, etc. High cholesterol has been shown to increase your risk of coronary heart disease and death from a coronary event.
Screening and Monitoring Patients
At Bountiful Family HealthCare we screen and monitor patients with risk factors with the newest, most advanced laboratory evaluation of cholesterol called the NMR
lipoprofile test. Studies have shown that this test showed that "LDL-P was more strongly associated with risk of CVD events than was LDL-C." (J Clin Lipidology, 2011)1
and "is a better discriminator of risk than is LDL cholesterol" alone. (Diabetes Care, 2008)2.
We use knowledge of evidenced based medicine with cutting edge technology to provide you with the best health management and prevention.
- Otvos JD, et al. J Clin Lipidology, 2011;5(2):105-113.
- Brunzell, JD, et al. Diabetes Care, 2008; 31(4):811-822.