London Medical provides expert analysis of your cholesterol levels and helps you protect your heart health
Heart and circulatory diseases are one of the UK’s biggest killers, causing a death every three minutes. Raised cholesterol levels can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, but the specialists at London Medical can work with you to control your cholesterol, protect your heart and safeguard your future.
London Medical offers comprehensive cholesterol and lipid analysis. Traditional cholesterol tests can miss up to 50 percent of people with lipid levels that put them at risk of cardiovascular disease. London Medical offers detailed lipid profiling, so that disease can be identified at an early stage and treated effectively.
Being diagnosed with high cholesterol levels can be worrying. The expert cardiology consultants at London Medical will interpret your cholesterol levels, assess your personal cardiac risk and develop a customised treatment plan to keep your lipids low and your heart healthy.
What are the symptoms of high cholesterol?
Most people with high cholesterol levels have no symptoms at all until they develop cardiovascular disease. That’s why Heart UK recommends that every adult is tested, no matter what their age or how healthy they feel.
If you have Familial Hypercholesterolaemia, you may notice fatty lumps around your eyes or over your knuckles, knees or heels. People affected with this genetic condition can also develop a corneal arcus, which is a white ring around the iris in your eye.
What causes high cholesterol?
Anyone can have high cholesterol; however, your lifestyle, your family history and your health can all affect your chances of having raised levels. Factors that increase the risk include:
- A diet high in saturated fat
- An inactive lifestyle
- High levels of body fat, especially if it’s located around the waistline
- Being overweight or obese
- Increasing age
- Being of South Asian or Afro-Caribbean ethnicity
- Family history of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia
- Liver or kidney disease
- Underactive thyroid gland
Although you cannot change your genetic heritage or your age, there are many ways of reducing your cholesterol and your chance of having a heart attack.
London Medical’s cardiac consultants are world-leaders in heart disease prevention. They will work to control any chronic conditions, support you in making lifestyle changes and target treatment to improve your cholesterol profile.
Comprehensive cholesterol and lipid testing at London Medical
London Medical provides cutting-edge cholesterol and lipid testing to help assess your personal risk for future cardiac disease. In addition to traditional cholesterol testing, London Medial analyses LDL particle numbers, one of the most powerful tools for predicting heart attack risk. LDL particle testing is exclusively available at London Medical.
High cholesterol treatment at London Medical
There are many ways of controlling cholesterol levels and protecting your heart. The cardiac physicians will consider your blood results, your health and your lifestyle before tailoring a treatment plan to your individual needs. This can include:
Stopping smoking, maintaining a healthy BMI, exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet that’s low in saturated fat, can help reduce cholesterol and minimise cardiac risk. London Medical offers expert support from many different specialities, all under one roof. Whether you need a personalised weight management programme, nutritional advice or support with giving up smoking, London Medical can help.
The specialist cardiologists at London Medical will prescribe the latest medication to protect your heart. This could be a statin, which acts to decrease the amount of cholesterol your body produces. However, the physicians will offer the best drugs for your individual needs, based on their extensive experience and the latest research evidence.
People whose cholesterol is high for genetic reasons (for example due to Familial Hypercholesterolaemia) may benefit from the ground-breaking new PCSK9 inhibitor drugs. London Medical were one of the first centres to use these innovative injectable medications which block the action of an enzyme in the liver to reduce LDL cholesterol levels.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are taking medications to reduce your cholesterol, your lipid profile should be tested every year to monitor your health and ensure the treatment is effective.
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