High Cholesterol

Soujanya Marupuru, MD

Board Certified Family Physician located in Rancho Mirage, CA

High cholesterol, which affects more than 95 million American adults, increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If your cholesterol has been on the rise, contact the office of Soujanya Marupuru, MD, to get started on treatment in Rancho Mirage, California. Dr. Marupuru provides innovative cholesterol management plans designed to reduce your risk of chronic disease. Find out more by booking an exam online or by calling the clinic directly.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What is considered high cholesterol?

High cholesterol is commonly referred to as a “silent killer,” because it has no obvious symptoms until something serious happens (like a heart attack). Because of this, it’s important to have your cholesterol checked regularly.

You may be diagnosed with high cholesterol if you have any of the following:

  • Total cholesterol above 200 mg/dL
  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) above 100 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides above 150 mg/dL

It’s important to pay attention to your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), too. This is the “good” cholesterol that helps reduce harmful cholesterol components by carrying them out of your body through waste. For optimal heart health, your HDL should be above 60 mg/dL. 

Why is my cholesterol high?

Because high cholesterol has so many negative implications on your health, Dr. Marupuru gathers expanded blood lipid panels during your wellness visits to keep tabs on your cholesterol over time. If your cholesterol continues to rise, or if your HDL levels are abnormally low, it could be related to:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle with little exercise
  • Having a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease
  • Having a diet high in trans or saturated fats, or simple carbohydrates

Dr. Marupuru is diligent about getting to the root of your high cholesterol, so she can better tailor your treatment plan to your medical situation and lifestyle.

How is high cholesterol treated?

Your cholesterol treatment from the office of Soujanya Marupuru, MD, is likely to combine healthful lifestyle changes, while incorporating certain medications. Dr. Marupuru may recommend:

  • Weight loss and exercise planning
  • Nutrition and dietary counseling
  • Smoking cessation

Depending on the severity of your cholesterol concerns, Dr. Marupuru might also prescribe:

  • Cholesterol absorption inhibitors
  • Bile acid-binding resins
  • Fibrates
  • Statins

Sometimes dietary supplements can be beneficial for improving your cholesterol numbers, as well. Dr. Marupuru could recommend niacin or omega-3 fatty acid supplements to further treat high cholesterol, especially if prescription medications aren’t a good fit for you.

Before living with high cholesterol another day, schedule an evaluation at the practice of Soujanya Marupuru, MD. Click on the online scheduler or call to speak with a team member.

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