High Cholesterol Specialist

James E. Needell, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Gastonia Wellness & Long Term Care

James E. Needell, MD

Internal Medicine located in Gastonia, NC

High Cholesterol Q & A

How is high cholesterol diagnosed?

High cholesterol is simple to detect through a blood test called a lipid panel. A lipid panel test typically measures your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and total cholesterols as well as triglycerides. However, more advanced testing, which can better assess your risk, is available. The usual medical practice does not use these advanced panels but they are routinely used by Dr. Needell.

You need to fast overnight for a lipid panel. Dr. Needell interprets your test results, and total cholesterol readings over 240 mg/dL are considered high.

If Dr. Needell needs to investigate your cardiovascular risk factors for heart disease, he may order further testing such as an echocardiogram (EKG), X-ray, stress test, or other heart tests.

How is high cholesterol treated?

Diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes are the first steps in managing high cholesterol. If you quit smoking, eat healthy, and lose excess weight, you should see your cholesterol numbers improve.

If lifestyle adjustments aren’t enough to lower your cholesterol, you may need medication to block cholesterol absorption in your body. There are many medications for high cholesterol, but not all are uniformly effective. Proper selection is critical in achieving the desired result of reducing cardiovascular risk.

Dr. Needell helps you implement an effective treatment plan by taking your health history, current health, and medication reactions into account and then keeping the rest on heart disease.

To partner with Dr. Needell to manage your concerns about high cholesterol Dr. Needell, call Gastonia Wellness & Long Term Care today.