Patient Conversation-Cholesterol Essay

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Cholesterol: A Patient Conversation Hello Mr. Brown, how are you today? Well we brought you in today to discuss your test results and to explain any and every question you may have. First let me start by explaining what cholesterol is. Cholesterol is a waxy fat like substance that you need to help your brain, skin and other organs to grow. Now don’t start thinking well then that means the more the better because they’re two types what we call bad and good cholesterol. Your body makes enough cholesterol it needs to digest food, make hormones and vitamin D. The foods we eat contain cholesterol, some more than others. Cholesterol is broken down into two small packages called lipoprotein, which are made of fat on the inside and proteins on the outside. This is where the good and bad cholesterol is named. Bad cholesterol is called low-density lipoprotein or LDL. High levels of LDL can lead to buildup in your arteries, which can cause complications such as heart disease. The good cholesterol is called high-density lipoprotein or HDL. This carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. The liver removes cholesterol from your body. Most people that have high blood cholesterol have no signs or symptoms, so they don’t know they have high cholesterol. You can be walking around feeling fine one minute then pass out due to clogged arteries from high cholesterol levels and I know you don’t want that. Remember that the higher your LDL level is the greater risk of you getting heart disease and the higher the HDL the lower your risk is. Think of this as one of your pipes under your sink. If you continue to put your left-over food and continue to wash your hair, it will clog that pipe up. You won’t be able to do anything like simply wash dishes and if you let it stay to long it may ruin your pipes and you will

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