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An overarching goal of the National Health Co-op is to significantly reduce instances of preventable diseases and lessen the personal and societal impact of chronic conditions. That’s why we regularly review our patients’ files to identify individuals who may benefit from additional clinical support.
Several factors influence cholesterol levels; these include genetics (family history), dietary choices, level of physical activity and certain disease conditions, including Type 2 diabetes. People with disease conditions such as diabetes are at a higher risk of developing complications associated with high cholesterol levels, as blood sugar levels also influence cholesterol levels. Additionally, it is important to note that individuals who do not have a family history of cholesterol can still have high cholesterol levels.
Potential complications that could result from high cholesterol levels include:
Coronary heart disease
One of the major complications associated with high cholesterol is coronary heart disease (CHD). If your cholesterol is too high, it builds up on the walls of your arteries. Over time, this build up (called plaque) causes hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) which also causes arteries to become narrowed, thereby reducing blood flow to the heart. This could result in angina (chest pain) or in a heart attack, a serious medical emergency.
Reduction in the blood supply to any part of the brain could result in stroke, which manifests in various ways, such as weakness of certain parts of the body, loss of vision or speech, seizures, as well as predisposition to developing a form of dementia known as vascular dementia.
High blood pressure
High blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol are also linked because hardened and narrowed blood vessels from cholesterol plaque increases the pressure of blood flow through the blood vessels, as well as putting strain on the heart.
Further information on cholesterol management is available from Better Health Channel.
If you would like to discuss the management of your cholesterol levels with a GP, please make an appointment.