Cholesterol: A Patient Conversation

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Cholesterol: A Patient Conversation
Good afternoon Mr. Brown, I have your Blood panel from the Lab and would like to go over it with you today. I will start with your Triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. When you eat, your body changes calories, it doesn't need to use right away into triglycerides. The triglycerides are kept in your fat cells. Later, for energy between meals Your Triglycerides are 145 mg/dL. Normal is less than 150 (mg/dL), so you’re within the norm.
Now we go on to your Cholesterol. Cholesterol is found in all cells of the body. A waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs to make hormones, vitamin D, and elements that help you digest foods. Our bodies already
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Fortunately your LDL is 160 mg/dL. Now we have your HDL, which is recognized as the “good” cholesterol, a higher number means lower risk. This is because HDL cholesterol protects against heart disease by taking the "bad" cholesterol out of your blood and keeping it from building up in your arteries. Mr. Brown did you know it is your liver, which is the primary organ that produces cholesterol. Some small amounts are made in the lining of your small intestines and some individual cells of your body. If you are eating meat, cheese and egg yolks this can be one reason that causes your cholesterol to be high. If you will limit your intake of foods with cholesterol, saturated fat, and trans fats you can help control your cholesterol levels. Carrying extra weight, or the genetic gene that can run in the family that will pass on high LDL cholesterol. The condition can begin at birth, and can possibly cause you to have a heart attack at an early age. Mr. Brown with your LDL at 160mg/dL and your HDL at 33mg/dL you are showing the high side. What we need to do is get the HDL up and The LDL down. It looks like we are going to have a few things to look at to get your levels where they need to be. There are treatments that I can help you with but there are things that you will also have to work…show more content…
Statins are like: Lipitor (I take this), Lovastatin, Pravastatin, Crestor, Zocor, Crestor, and Lipitor. One problem Mr. Brown when you take these types of meds you have to come in for blood work about every 3 months. We want to make sure that your liver is not being affected by the MEDs. The side effects that you can have are; Diarrhea or constipation, abdominal pain, cramps, bloating or gas, Nausea, Vomiting, Headache, Drowsiness, Dizziness, and possible Muscle ache or weakness. My opinion Mr. Brown is that having the side effect outweigh having a heart attack, it’s possible that you might not have any reactions to the medicines. Taking these types of medicine are much more a help the hindrance. Lowering your cholesterol is much more important to your health. Mr. Brown there is another option if you want to try. I realize this is not what you had planned, but it is an option, but I want you to come back and she me so we can check your blood cholesterol. You will have to get up and exercise, know more junk snacks and I can put you on a high fiber diet. I will be right here with you, to help in any way. Trust and communication is a priority. I want you to understand your concerns are my concerns and I think this will work out, providing you follow my orders. This disease is a treatable illness and most of the time it can be whipped so long as you get yourself on the right track. You will feel so much better and your
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