High Cholesterol Specialist

Alidad Zadeh, DO

Internal Medicine & Hormone Replacement Therapy located in El Centro, CA

High cholesterol doesn’t lead to any symptoms, which is why it’s important to undergo screenings regularly. Because high cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease, Alidad Zadeh, DO, conducts expanded cholesterol evaluations and comprehensive management plans at his private practice in El Centro, California. If you have a history of high cholesterol, schedule an exam to see how Dr. Zadeh can help. Book your appointment either online or over the phone today.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What causes high cholesterol?

High cholesterol often occurs because of a combination of factors, including family history of high cholesterol. Your risk increases due to:

  • Poor diet 
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Lack of exercise or sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking or long-term exposure to secondhand smoke

Without proper treatment, high cholesterol can start clogging up your arteries, which puts added strain on your heart to work harder to circulate blood. This in turn can overly stress your heart and contribute to irreversible heart damage. 

How does a doctor diagnose high cholesterol?

Whether you have a history of high cholesterol or just haven’t had your cholesterol checked in a while, you can expect thorough diagnostic care at the office of Alidad Zadeh, DO. To evaluate your cholesterol levels, Dr. Zadeh gathers a simple blood draw, which needs just a few days in the lab for processing.

Dr. Zadeh wants to see that your total cholesterol is below 200 mg/dL. Anything higher than that may be considered abnormally high. But it’s not just your total cholesterol Dr. Zadeh looks at when diagnosing your condition. He also examines the breakdown of cholesterol.

For example, part of your cholesterol reading is the low-density lipoprotein (LDL). This is a harmful form of cholesterol that needs to stay below 100 mg/dL. 

Dr. Zadeh also looks at your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is a “good” cholesterol that acts as a transporter for LDL. Your HDL should be above 60 mg/dL for optimal heart health. 

To further evaluate your risk of heart disease, Dr. Zadeh may also check your very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), as well as your triglycerides. Once Dr. Zadeh completes all diagnostic testing, he talks with you about cholesterol-lowering solutions. 

What is the treatment for high cholesterol?

Treating high cholesterol takes time and dedication. After all, your cholesterol numbers didn’t surge overnight. But Dr. Zadeh is available to support you throughout your journey. He counsels you about lifestyle changes you need to make to stabilize your cholesterol numbers, which may include:

  • Managing your weight
  • Getting more physical activity
  • Enjoying more fruits, whole grains, and vegetables
  • Consuming fewer than 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol daily
  • Having less than 7% of your daily calories come from saturated fat

In advanced stages of high cholesterol, Dr. Zadeh may recommend prescription medications. Several types exist, so Dr. Zadeh educates you about which cholesterol-lowering medications may be most effective for your specific needs.

Click on the online scheduling tool to book your high cholesterol assessment at the office of Alidad Zadeh, DO, today. You can also call to book by phone.