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Hyperlipidemia Specialist

Family First Wellness

Samantha Lindsay, MD

Family Medicine & Medical Spa located in Lutz, FL

Approximately 95 million people over the age of 20 in the United States either have hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) or they’re dangerously close. At Family First Wellness, Samantha Lindsay, MD, works with patients in Lutz, Florida, to control cholesterol numbers, protecting their health long into the future. If your cholesterol numbers are high, call or use the online scheduler to learn about the most effective treatment protocols for bringing them under control.

Hyperlipidemia Q & A

What is hyperlipidemia?

Hyperlipidemia is a condition in which the levels of lipids (fats) in your blood are too high. Also known as high cholesterol, this condition can lead to serious health complications, such as:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Kidney disease
  • High blood pressure

When lipids build up in your blood, it hampers the healthy flow of nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, which is what leads to most of these health complications. 

What causes hyperlipidemia?

Your blood contains two main types of cholesterol:

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL)

Known as the “bad” cholesterol, your LDL can build up on the walls of your arteries, causing them to narrow.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL)

This “good” cholesterol is responsible for clearing out the LDL from your arteries, delivering it back to your liver.

Hyperlipidemia develops when there’s an excess of LDL in your blood and your HDL levels aren’t high enough to keep up with the excess.

The primary factors that put you more at risk for this imbalance include:

  • Unhealthy diet (too much saturated or trans fat)
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism

In some cases, you may inherit naturally low levels of HDL, which means you have a harder time regulating your LDL levels, even if they’re low.

How is hyperlipidemia treated?

If Dr. Lindsay diagnoses you with hyperlipidemia, the good news is that there are many steps you can take to reverse the condition, including:

  • Prescription medications
  • Losing weight
  • Exercising more
  • Quitting smoking
  • Reducing alcohol consumption

The role that diet plays in your cholesterol levels is enormous, which is why Dr. Lindsay provides critical nutritional counseling. 

For example, it’s important that you steer clear of fried and fatty foods, as well as many complex carbohydrates (think processed foods like white bread and pasta). Instead, a diet that features healthier foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, reduces your LDL numbers and improves your HDL numbers.

The bottom line is that you have the power to reverse your hyperlipidemia diagnosis if you work with Dr. Lindsay to make lifestyle changes that benefit your blood and your overall health.

For expert treatment of your hyperlipidemia, call Family First Wellness or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.