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High Cholesterol

Chantilly Medical Center

Samir Nazam, MD

Family Medicine & Pain Management located in Chantilly, VA

Almost one in three Americans suffer from high cholesterol, and many don’t know they’re at risk. High cholesterol can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. But high cholesterol often has no symptoms. In order to learn whether you’re at risk from complications from high cholesterol, you need regular cholesterol screenings. Dr. Samir Nazam at Chantilly Medical Center in Chantilly, Virginia, can help. Chantilly Medical Center offers cholesterol screening and cholesterol medication management. Stop by today to get your cholesterol screening!

High Cholesterol Q & A

What causes high cholesterol?

While you may think of cholesterol as a bad thing, your body needs some cholesterol to function properly. Your liver produces some of the cholesterol in your body. Some cholesterol also comes from the foods you eat. If there’s too much cholesterol in your body, it can build up in your arteries.

Over time, cholesterol deposits can develop along the walls your arteries, blocking the blood flow to your organs. If this happens, you might be at risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Am I at risk for developing high cholesterol?

If you have diabetes, you’re at an increased risk of developing cholesterol problems. But regular glucose screenings and proper treatment for your diabetes can help cut your risk.

Lifestyle factors can also put you at risk. If you’re overweight, eat a diet high in saturated fat, or don’t get enough physical activity, you’re more likely to develop high cholesterol. You might also be at risk if cholesterol problems run in your family.

The good news is that high cholesterol is often treatable. That’s why it’s important to get regular cholesterol screenings. If you’re worried that your diabetes isn’t well-managed, schedule an appointment with Dr. Nazam today.

How is high cholesterol diagnosed?

A simple blood test can diagnose high cholesterol. To perform a blood test, the staff at Chantilly Medical Center uses a needle to draw a small amount of blood from the veins in your arm. Then the blood is sent to a lab for tests.

If your cholesterol is too high, Dr. Nazam helps you consider your treatment options.

How is high cholesterol treated?

Treatments for high cholesterol include medication or lifestyle changes. Many people with high cholesterol get the best results from combining several treatment options. Improving your diet and becoming more physically active can help lower your cholesterol naturally.

Proper treatment also includes regular cholesterol screenings. If you have high cholesterol, you may need to change your treatment strategy over time. Keeping your cholesterol in check helps reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

If you’re overdue for a cholesterol screening, Chantilly Medical Center can provide a fast and easy blood test. Contact us today! No appointment is necessary.