High Cholesterol and Heart Risk

If your doctor has diagnosed you with high cholesterol, you should know that over time high cholesterol will increase your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Understanding what high cholesterol is and how you can lower it is important for your health.

What is High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy substance in the fats, or lipids, in your blood. You have probably heard of both bad and good cholesterol. While you do need cholesterol in order to build healthy cells, having too much can increase your chances of heart disease.

Unfortunately, high cholesterol is often inherited from your family genes but there is some good news: high cholesterol is treatable and preventable. Your heart doctor in the Houston area can help you develop a healthy lifestyle through proper diet, regular exercise, and even medications, if needed.

How to Know if You Have High Cholesterol

Another downfall about high cholesterol is that there are no symptoms. Eventually, if you do not have regular checkups with your doctor to detect high cholesterol levels, you may experience symptoms of heart disease. The only way to detect high cholesterol is by having a blood test.

Many doctors prefer giving their patients a baseline cholesterol test when patients are 20 years old. Then, they recommend having a test about every five years to keep track of your cholesterol levels. If you have family history of high cholesterol or heart disease, your doctor may want to give you more frequent blood tests. Furthermore, if you smoke, have diabetes, or high blood pressure your doctor may order more frequent cholesterol tests.

Causes of High Cholesterol

There are some factors you can control to help keep your LDL cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, levels at a preferred level. At the same time, there are some factors in your genetic makeup that you cannot control, such as having genes that keep cells from removing LDL cholesterol from your blood efficiently. Your body may also produce too much cholesterol in your liver.

Inactivity, obesity, and an unhealthy diet are also some reasons why a person may have high cholesterol. A heart doctor in the Galveston area will help their patients make simple lifestyle changes while keeping track of what their levels of cholesterol are.

Accredited Labs

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Gulf Coast Heart Clinics are equipped with advanced technologies and equipments. The Echo & Nuclear Cardiology Laboratories are accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (ICA)

Office Procedures

Dr. Huang has rich experience in the diagnosis and management of the most complex cardiovascular issues. These include but not limited to:
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Chest pain/Chest discomfort
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

League City Location

Located at 501 Gulf Freeway South, Suite 106, League City, TX 77573.

Phone: (281) 534-8600


Houston Location

Located at 9600 Bellaire Blvd, Suite 202, Houston, TX 77036.

Phone: (713) 771-6969  Fax: (713) 270-6969