Cholesterol: a Patient Conversation

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Running head: A Patient Conversation Cholesterol: A Patient Conversation SC121-04 Explaining Cholesterol to a Patient Keeping an eye on your cholesterol is very important to your overall health and life. If you have high cholesterol it could put you at risk for many health concerns such as heart attack and stroke. High cholesterol allows fatty deposits to develop in your blood vessels which slow the flow of blood in your arteries ("High cholesterol Definition - Diseases and Conditions - Mayo Clinic," 2014). Although high cholesterol can be genetic, most of the time it is a result of the way you live and things you eat. Eating healthy and getting regular exercise can go a long way to staying healthy and sometimes medication can help reduce cholesterol. High cholesterol shows no outward symptoms, the blood test is the only way to find the problem ("High cholesterol Definition - Diseases and Conditions - Mayo Clinic," 2014). Risk factors for high cholesterol include smoking, obesity, large waist circumference, poor diet, and lack of exercise, high blood pressure, diabetes and a family history of heart disease. There is good Cholesterol, HDL, and good cholesterol, LDL. You want your LDL to be high and HDL to be low ("High cholesterol Definition - Diseases and Conditions - Mayo Clinic," 2014). The test we perform to check cholesterol levels will measure triglycerides, cholesterol, HDL, and LDL for a complete look at cholesterol ("Triglycerides: Why do they matter? - Mayo Clinic," 2012). Triglycerides are a type of fat or lipid that is found in your blood and can up your risk of heart disease. When you eat, your body automatically turns any calories it doesn’t currently need into triglycerides and stores it in your fat cells to use for energy in between meals. If you eat more calories than you burn on a regular basis, then you are at a high risk for your

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