High Cholesterol Specialist

E. Martin Maida, MD -  - Internist

E. Martin Maida, MD

Internist & Internal Medicine located in Livingston, NJ

More than 100 million Americans over age 20 suffer from high cholesterol. It dramatically increases your risk of developing heart disease, and it requires regular screenings and treatment to keep it in check. E. Martin Maida, MD, treats men and women with high cholesterol at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey, with the aim of preventing severe complications from arising. To get control of your high cholesterol, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What is high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a substance that your body needs to create cells, protect nerves, and produce hormones. However, if there’s too much of it in your bloodstream, you run the risk of narrowing your arteries, resulting in less oxygen-rich blood flowing to your heart and brain. This increases your chances of suffering from a heart attack or stroke.

How do you diagnose high cholesterol?

The dangerous part about high cholesterol is that it doesn’t exhibit any apparent symptoms. That’s why cholesterol screenings are vital to avoid health complications.

To diagnose high cholesterol, Dr. Maida orders blood tests to check your levels and to determine whether treatment is necessary to stabilize them.

Dr. Maida screens for two main types of cholesterol:

  • High-density lipoprotein, which is healthy cholesterol
  • Low-density lipoprotein, which is dangerous cholesterol

How much of each type of cholesterol you have will help Dr. Maida determine if your overall cholesterol levels are healthy and whether you’re at risk of developing heart disease.

What causes high cholesterol?

High cholesterol is caused by a combination of genetics, diet, and lifestyle. In most cases, a family history of high cholesterol can significantly increase your chances of suffering from it.

You might also have high cholesterol if you have an inactive lifestyle, smoke regularly, are overweight, or have an unhealthy diet.

How do you treat high cholesterol?

Since the cause of high cholesterol varies from person to person, it’s essential that you work with Dr. Maida to develop an individualized treatment plan. In some cases, Dr. Maida may recommend cholesterol-lowering medication in addition to lifestyle changes.

If your cholesterol levels are above average but not yet dangerous, Dr. Maida may ask you to:

  • Eat more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and other fiber-rich foods.
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit or avoid alcohol consumption
  • Work out regularly
  • Lose excess weight

In many cases, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can sufficiently protect you from high cholesterol levels. In other cases, Dr. Maida may recommend a combination of medication and lifestyle changes.

If you want to get control of your blood pressure, book an appointment online or over the phone with E. Martin Maida, MD today.