Cholesterol 2

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Your body needs cholesterol to make cells and certain hormones. But too much cholesterol can cause problems with your heart and blood vessels. Dr. Edward Hill discusses medication for lowering cholesterol in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You can lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart problems by leading a healthy lifestyle. However, if you already have heart or blood vessel problems or are at high risk of getting them, your doctor will probably recommend cholesterol-lowering medicines.

Several medicines are used to lower cholesterol. You might need more than one.

Statins slow down your bodys production of cholesterol. They also help remove cholesterol that has built up in the arteries of your heart.

Fibrates help lower your cholesterol by lowering the amount of triglycerides in your body.

In large doses, niacin can lower triglycerides and bad cholesterol, and increase good cholesterol in your blood.

Resins bind cholesterol together to help your body digest and get rid of it.

Cholesterol absorption inhibitors lower the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed by your intestines.

It is important to tell your doctor if you have any side effects. You should also tell your doctor if you are taking other prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.