High Cholesterol Specialist

DePersia, Chernoff & Ocasio, PC

Primary Care Physicians located in West Deptford, NJ

High cholesterol can be dangerous, sometimes leading to severe cardiovascular and circulatory illnesses. There’s good news, though: You can control your high cholesterol, especially if you have help from an experienced physician. The team of skilled primary care doctors at DePersia, Chernoff, & Ocasio PC in Woodbury, New Jersey, not only can diagnose high cholesterol, they can help you bring it back to normal levels again. Use online booking now or call the office to schedule your appointment.

High Cholesterol

What does ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol mean?

The two main kinds of cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein and low-density lipoprotein, are exact opposites. The HDL cholesterol is the good guy in the cholesterol wars: Its job is pulling the LDL out of your blood and keeping it from growing within your arteries.

You’ve also got a particularly bad type of LDL in your blood: very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. VLDL is the cholesterol most likely to clog your arteries quickly. To find out how much HDL and LDL you've got in your body, you'll need a simple test.

What's a lipoprotein panel?

In this blood test, you'll learn your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. You have to fast starting the night before your lipoprotein panel so that the test is as accurate as possible. You'll get the following information in your lipoprotein panel.

  • Total cholesterol, a combination measure of HDL and LDL
  • LDL cholesterol level
  • HDL cholesterol level
  • Non-HDL cholesterol level (includes LDL, VLDL and triglycerides)
  • Triglycerides level

While triglycerides aren't cholesterol, they're a kind of fat that can be equally damaging, so they're included in the lipoprotein panel.

What's a healthy cholesterol level?

Your combined cholesterol should be between 125 and 200. The ideal breakdown should be:

  • HDL: 40 or higher for men, 50 or higher for women
  • LDL: 100 or lower
  • Non-HDL: under 130
  • Triglycerides: under 150

If your cholesterol numbers aren't in a healthy range, your doctor can help in several ways.

What are the effects of high cholesterol?

When you have high cholesterol, you're at high risk for cholesterol buildup within your arteries. This interferes with normal blood flow, and it can cause problems including stroke and heart attack. This means that high cholesterol is potentially deadly if it's not treated.

What can I do about high cholesterol?

Lifestyle adjustments are the first line of defense against high cholesterol. Your DePersia, Chernoff, & Ocasio PC doctor may recommend changes such as:

  • Eating more lean meats, whole grains, and vegetables
  • Cutting back on such high cholesterol foods as dairy products
  • Avoiding foods with high levels of trans-fat
  • Starting a regular exercise program

If lifestyle changes aren't enough to move your cholesterols level down, your doctor may recommend medication. Most cholesterol medications are oral, although there's also an injectable option for cases of very high cholesterol due to genetics. Cholesterol medications can decrease LDL and triglycerides and increase HDL to lower your total cholesterol number.  

Take control of your cholesterol now. The DePersia, Chernoff, & Ocasio PC team is here to help, so use online booking or call anytime to schedule your appointment.