Cholesterol Medications Pickens 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.

Zahid Ali
(864) 855-4255
129 Fleetwood Dr
Easley, SC
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Aftab A Awan
(864) 855-4255
129 Fleetwood Dr
Easley, SC
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Richard Evereley Waters, MD
201 Richard St
Easley, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1998

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Dr.Barbara Faile
(864) 859-9855
702 North a Street
Easley, SC
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1992
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Arthur Thomas Siachos, MD
(864) 271-0121
1209 E Washington St Unit 401
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med, Columbia Sc 29208
Graduation Year: 1997

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Zahid Ali, MD
(864) 442-1286
129 Fleetwood Dr
Easley, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sind Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1980

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Carlos Antonio Leche, MD
(864) 855-4255
129 Fleetwood Dr
Easley, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Francisco Marroquin, Fac De Med, Guatemala
Graduation Year: 1995

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Dr.Lawrence Freeman
(864) 235-7665
702 North a Street
Easley, SC
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1977
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Hospital: Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, Sc
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Dr.Zahid Ali
(864) 855-4255
129 Fleetwood Drive
Easley, SC
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Sind Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi
Year of Graduation: 1980
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Dr.Juan Cabanero
(864) 886-9300
704 North Pine Street
Seneca, SC
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The East, Ramon Magsaysay Mem Med Ctr
Year of Graduation: 1986
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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