High cholesterol, or "hyperlipidemia," is a condition where there is an abnormal amount of lipids (cholesterol or fat) in the blood. Cholesterol gets in the blood stream two ways: the liver makes cholesterol that the body uses to make hormones, vitamin D and to help digest food; and from the food we eat.
Cholesterol levels are described by the different kinds of fat in the blood. Low-density lipoprotein or “LDL” is harmful cholesterol. More LDL cholesterol in the blood can mean a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. High-density lipoprotein or “HDL” is known as the good cholesterol. HDL helps to remove cholesterol from the blood. The more HDL cholesterol you have in your blood, the lower your risk for heart disease. It is important to know your cholesterol numbers because there is no indication that your cholesterol is high.
Our registered nurses will work with individuals diagnosed with hyperlipidemia to:
- Increase knowledge about the disease
- Provide strategies to slow disease progression
- Identify and manage co-morbid conditions that contribute to hyperlipidemia
- Reinforce the importance of both medication and lifestyle for optimal lipid control
- Develop personal goals and strategies to manage hyperlipidemia