Most patients know the condition hyperlipidemia by another name, high cholesterol. High cholesterol is a term that covers several disorders that result in a buildup of extra fats, or lipids, in the bloodstream. While some people have a genetic predisposition to hyperlipidemia, you still may be able to manage and prevent it. At New York Medicine Doctors, we’ll routinely check your cholesterol levels and offer treatment methods when it reaches too high of levels.

What Can Cause Hyperlipidemia?   

As previously stated, sometimes, your genetics play a direct role in increased cholesterol levels. However, dietary and lifestyle choices can also lead to the onset of hyperlipidemia. For example, those who do not exercise regularly can often find themselves dealing with high cholesterol. Additionally, if you are consuming too much of any of the below foods, you may find yourself running into problems:

  • Cheese.
  • Egg yolks.
  • Red meats.
  • Fried and processed foods.
  • Ice Cream and pastries.

What Are The Complications Associated With Hyperlipidemia?

Initially, when your cholesterol levels begin to rise, you’re unlikely to experience any notable symptoms. However, the longer hyperlipidemia goes unchecked, the more likely it is for a serious issue to take place. Leaving hyperlipidemia untreated puts you at an increased risk of for the following:

  • High blood pressure.
  • Blood clots.
  • Heart attacks. 
  • Strokes.

How Is It Treated 

There are a variety of ways that hyperlipidemia can be treated. Some methods involve professional intervention, while others only require you to make a few lifestyle changes. Depending on the severity of your condition, our team may recommend the below for treatment:

  • Limiting your trans fat and saturated fat intake.
  • Consuming more fiber.
  • Eating fish twice a week.
  • Taking prescription-strength medication.