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High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is found in the blood and critical to keeping cells in the body healthy. However, when there is too much cholesterol, it can cause fatty deposits in the blood that can attach to the blood vessels. Untreated, this can build up and lead to constriction of the blood flow causing a heart attack or stroke.  

Risk factors

These include a poor diet, obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, consuming alcohol, other health conditions, type 2 diabetes, stress, and age.

Symptoms

There are not symptoms for high cholesterol, but it can lead to heart attack, peripheral artery disease, or stroke.

Treatments

Statin medications work to slow the liver’s production of cholesterol and can help remove cholesterol circulating in the blood.

Medication

  • Ezetimibe

  • Ezetimibe / Simvastatin

  • Fenofibrate

White Mountain Pharmacy Tip

The best way to initially treat high cholesterol is by improving diet and exercise. Introduce Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber into your diet.

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