Cholesterol Medications Sewickley PA

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.

Prudencio C Lucero, MD
(724) 940-2290
1000 Stonewood Dr
Wexford, PA
Business
Tri State Medical Group Cardiology
Specialties
Cardiology

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Laurance Winghong Kam, MD
(703) 461-8686
701 Broad St
Sewickley, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1990

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Francis Leonard Lally, MD
(724) 934-5402
720 Blackburn Rd
Sewickley, PA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Sewickley Valley Hospital, Sewickley, Pa; Allegheny Gen Hosp, Pittsburgh, Pa; Mercy Hospital Of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa
Group Practice: Sewickley Valley Medical Group

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Claude R Joyner, MD
(412) 359-3022
45 Little Sewickley Creek Rd
Sewickley, PA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 1
Graduation Year: 1949

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George James Antalis, MD
(412) 322-2622
701 Broad St
Sewickley, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1992

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Frederick L Porkolab, MD
(412) 235-5881
4727 Friendship Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Business
Tri-County Cardiology
Specialties
Cardiology

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Cherian John, MD
(724) 934-3334
2593 Wexford Bayne Rd
Sewickley, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Seth G S Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1977

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Kimberly Ann Urban, MD
(412) 321-0680
320 Woodland Rd
Sewickley, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1996

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C V Sunder Ram Rao, MD
Sewickley, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Stanley Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1978

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J S Sandhu, MD
(724) 934-5402
720 Blackburn Rd
Sewickley, PA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Royal Coll Of Surgeons In Ireland, Med Sch, Dublin, Ireland
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Sewickley Valley Hospital, Sewickley, Pa; Allegheny Gen Hosp, Pittsburgh, Pa; Mercy Hospital Of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa

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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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