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SALEM — Many people may not know they have high cholesterol, which puts them at increased risk for heart attacks and strokes.

During National Cholesterol Education Month in September, Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) encourages people to know their cholesterol levels and take steps to prevent or reduce high cholesterol.

“Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in the blood and in certain foods such as meat, eggs and dairy products”, explained Alexis Hill, DO, an internal medicine physician affiliated with Salem Regional Medical Center and SRMC Primary Care-Lisbon. “Your body needs cholesterol to function normally, but too much cholesterol can clog blood vessels and lead to serious health problems such as heart disease.”

Risk factors for high cholesterol include:

– Bad eating habits

— Lack of physical activity

– To smoke

– Overweight

— Family history of hypercholesterolemia

“Since a person can have high cholesterol without symptoms, it is important to have their cholesterol levels checked regularly with a simple blood test.” Hill noted.

A cholesterol test checks levels of:

— Low density lipoproteins (LDL) or “wrong” cholesterol, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

— High density lipoproteins (HDL) or “good” cholesterol, which can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

— Triglycerides, a type of fat that stores energy. High triglycerides combined with high LDL or low HDL can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

— Total cholesterol, the total amount of cholesterol in the blood.

The American Heart Association recommends that most adults have their cholesterol levels checked at least every four to six years. People most at risk for high cholesterol may need to be screened more often.

“Depending on your cholesterol levels, your doctor may advise you to make lifestyle changes or take cholesterol-lowering medications to help keep your cholesterol levels within a healthy range,” said Hill.

Tips for lowering cholesterol:

— Eat a healthy diet, limiting foods high in saturated or trans fats

— Stay physically active

— Maintain a healthy weight

– Do not smoke

Alexis Hill, DO, Internal Medicine, sees patients ages 18 and older at SRMC Primary Care – Lisbon, located at 38506 Saltwell Road in Lisbon. Appointments with Hill can be scheduled by calling 330-424-1404. She is affiliated with the medical staff of Salem Regional Medical Center.

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