The fatty substances present in blood like cholesterol and triglycerides are known as blood lipids. When blood lipid levels are too high in a person, it is defined as Dyslipidemia.
By eating a balanced diet and making lifestyle changes many people achieve healthy levels of blood lipids. However, to prevent additional health problems some require medication.
The term Dyslipidemia describes a wide range of conditions. The most common forms of dyslipidemia are:
While LDL cholesterol can cause plaques to form in the blood vessels, HDL cholesterol can help remove LDL from the blood.
When calories are not burned right away and are stored in fat cells it leads to increased cholesterol.
Most people are unaware that they have dyslipidemia unless it is severe. During a routine blood test dyslipidemia is usually diagnosed by a doctor.
Untreated dyslipidemia can lead to other conditions, including peripheral artery disease (PAD) and coronary artery disease (CAD), which can cause heart attacks and strokes.
Common symptoms of these conditions include:
With activity or stress, these symptoms may get worse.
If you have any of these symptoms along with chest pain, consult a doctor
Several factors can increase the chances of developing dyslipidemia and related conditions. They are:
A doctor will usually focus on lowering a person’s triglycerides and LDL. However, depending on the underlying cause of dyslipidemia and how severe it is, treatments can vary.
For people with very high total cholesterol levels doctors may prescribe one or more lipid-modifying medications.
Natural treatments include:
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