Cholesterol Medications Bettendorf IA

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.

Kumar M L Bobba, MD
(309) 788-4590
Bettendorf, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Guntur Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Guntur, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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Peter John Sharis, MD
(563) 888-0322
25034 189th St
Bettendorf, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1995

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Nidal Harb, MD
(563) 324-2992
7000 Jersey Ridge Rd
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: First Leningrad I P Pavlov Med Inst, St Petersburg, Russia
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr -North, Clinton, Ia; Genesis Med Ctr, Davenport, Ia
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine

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Philip A Habak, MD
(319) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kasr El Aini Fac Med Cairo Univ, Cairo (915-02 After 1/1971)
Graduation Year: 1963

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Kathleen Jeanne Keyes, MD
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Genesis Med Ctr, Davenport, Ia
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine

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Faraz Manazir, MD
4480 Utica Ridge Rd
Bettendorf, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1988

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Rupa Bontu
(563) 441-9100
4626 Progress Dr
Davenport, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Prakash Reddy Bontu, MD
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rangaraya Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Kakinada, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Genesis Med Ctr, Davenport, Ia; Trinity Med Ctr North, Davenport, Ia
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine

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Sora H Reddy
(309) 743-6700
350 John Deere Rd
Moline, IL
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Ajay Labroo, MD
(309) 779-3340
4544 3rd St
Moline, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Trinity Med Ctr -West Campus, Rock Island, Il
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine

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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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