Cholesterol Medications Anderson SC

Everyone knows high cholesterol increases our risk for heart attacks and strokes and that we need to lower it to keep our hearts and blood vessels healthy. What does that mean—Bonnie has "good" and "bad" cholesterol? Read on.

Thomas James Sullivan
(864) 261-7474
100 Perpetual Sq
Anderson, SC
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Brent T McLaurin
(864) 261-7474
100 Perpetual Sq
Anderson, SC
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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John Dwight Ware III, MD
(864) 375-9090
105 Buford Ave
Anderson, SC
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Anderson Area Med Ctr, Anderson, Sc
Group Practice: Cardiology Associates-Anderson

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James Henry Young, MD
(803) 225-5241
124 Carter Woods Dr
Anderson, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1975

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Nathan F Bradford
(864) 225-7798
500 N Fant St
Anderson, SC
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Brett Cadwell Stoll, MD
(864) 224-2465
1922 McConnell Springs Rd
Anderson, SC
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, Sc; Anderson Area Med Ctr, Anderson, Sc
Group Practice: Carolina Cardiology Consultant

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E Eugene Baillie, MD
(864) 261-1345
800 N Fant St
Anderson, SC
Specialties
Anatomic And Clinical Pathology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Anderson Area Med Ctr, Anderson, Sc
Group Practice: Piedmont Pathology Association

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Phillip Eugene Jones, MD
(864) 224-2465
100 Healthy Way
Anderson, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1978

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John R Wendt, MD
(864) 224-2465
1922 McConnell Springs Rd
Anderson, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Anderson Area Med Ctr, Anderson, Sc
Group Practice: Carolina Cardiology Consultant

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Rhonda Jeanne Duncan, MD
(864) 225-5667
100 Healthy Way # 1250
Anderson, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1992

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Taking Cholesterol to Heart

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By Dennis A. Goodman, MD, FACC

The last time Bonnie went for her annual check-up her doctor warned her to watch her cholesterol. At 240, it hovered well above the normal 200-or-lower range, making her a likely candidate for a heart attack. Instead of filling the prescription he handed her for a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, however, Bonnie sought a second opinion and a more comprehensive blood test. The results showed she did indeed have high cholesterol, but she also had high “good” cholesterol. While her “bad” and total cholesterol levels needed to come down, this new doctor felt Bonnie could lower them with diet and lifestyle changes and supplements. So she consulted a nutritionist who suggested a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, encouraged her to give up red meat, and recommended a manageable exercise program. Her new doctor started her on a vitamin and mineral regimen that included antioxidants and vitamin B complex and plant sterols. Within three months Bonnie’s blood cholesterol levels began to drop and within six, her total cholesterol registered within the normal range, while the “good” kind remained high, and the “bad” cholesterol had decreased.

Everyone knows high cholesterol increases our risk for heart attacks and strokes and that we need to lower it to keep our hearts and blood vessels healthy. What does that mean—Bonnie has “good” and “bad” cholesterol?

Just asking those questions points to the obvious fact that cholesterol plays a complex role in heart health. For starters, it’s a “must-have” substance for survival. Every cell of the body needs this soft, waxy, fat-like substance to help digest fats, strengthen cell membranes, insulate nerves, and make hormones. The liver produces most of it, but the cells lining the small intestine make some too, as do individual cells in the body. While the body creates all it needs—about 1,000 mg a day—we get more from the foods we eat. All foods from animal sources contain cholesterol, with egg yolks and organ meats (like liver and kidney) having the most. Plant-derived foods, on the other hand, never contain cholesterol, even if they are high in fat like avocados and peanut butter.

Like other fats in the body, cholesterol doesn’t dissolve in the blood and so it can’t reach the cells without the help of special carriers called lipoproteins to transport it—primarily low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Although LDL has earned the nickname “bad” cholesterol and HDL has become known as the “good” cholesterol, each one has an important role to play in good heart health. LDL carries cholesterol through the body and deposits it in the cells. HDL transports any cholesterol the cells don’t use to the liver, which eventually processes and eliminates it. This lipoprotein relationship works well as long as the body doesn’t have an overabundance of cholesterol and as long as the ratio between LDL and HDL stays within certain parameters.

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