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Cholesterol and triglycerides are known as lipids. High cholesterol and triglyceride levels (or hyperlipidemia) put you at risk for plaque forming in blood vessels, restricting the flow of blood, which can lead to heart disease.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, often has its origins in hyperlipidemia, as the heart must work harder to pump blood throughout the body as vessels constrict the flow because they are lined with plaque.

Lifestyle changes can make a significant impact on the health of patients with high cholesterol, hypertension or with existing heart disease. By learning about a heart healthy diet and deciding on personal lifestyle modifications, many patients can begin managing their cholesterol. Even with the help of lipid lowering drugs, it is still important to begin following a healthier diet and regular exercise plan.

Ask your doctor for a referral to the Diabetes and Nutrition Center where our licensed registered dietitians can help you develop a heart healthy personalized meal plan along with lifestyle modifications that can lower your risk for heart disease and improve your overall health.

 

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