High Cholesterol

Welcome to CoreMed Plus, where we provide comprehensive care and support for individuals with high cholesterol. High cholesterol, also known as hypercholesterolemia, is characterized by elevated cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. At CoreMed Plus, we understand the importance of managing high cholesterol to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and promote overall well-being.

Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals is committed to helping you effectively manage your cholesterol levels through personalized treatment plans, lifestyle modifications, medication management, regular monitoring, and ongoing education. We recognize that high cholesterol is a complex condition with individual variations, and our approach is tailored to meet your unique needs.

At CoreMed Plus, we begin by conducting a comprehensive evaluation, including lipid profile tests, to assess your cholesterol levels and overall cardiovascular health. We develop personalized treatment plans that address your high cholesterol based on the results and your specific circumstances. These plans incorporate evidence-based strategies, such as lifestyle modifications, medication management, and risk factor control.

We believe in the power of lifestyle modifications in managing high cholesterol. Our healthcare professionals provide:

  • Guidance on adopting a heart-healthy diet.
  • Engaging in regular physical activity.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Managing stress.

When combined with proper medication management, these lifestyle changes can significantly improve your cholesterol profile and overall cardiovascular health.

Medication management is an essential aspect of cholesterol control. If lifestyle modifications alone are insufficient, our experienced healthcare professionals will prescribe and manage cholesterol-lowering medications tailored to your needs. They closely monitor your response to medication, make necessary adjustments, and ensure optimal cholesterol control while minimizing potential side effects.

At CoreMed Plus, we prioritize regular monitoring and follow-up to track your progress and assess the effectiveness of your treatment plan. Our healthcare professionals schedule periodic lipid profile tests, review the results with you, and provide ongoing guidance and support. We believe continuous monitoring is key to maintaining optimal cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Education and support are integral parts of our approach at CoreMed Plus. We empower you with knowledge about high cholesterol, its implications, and effective management strategies. Our healthcare professionals provide comprehensive education on cholesterol numbers, risk factors, dietary guidelines, medication usage, and lifestyle modifications. We are committed to addressing your questions, concerns, and needs throughout your cholesterol management journey.

CoreMed Plus adopts a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare. We collaborate closely with other specialists, such as nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and mental health professionals, to provide comprehensive support for managing high cholesterol. This collaborative effort ensures that all aspects of your health are addressed, promoting holistic well-being.

At CoreMed Plus, our focus is on patient-centered care. We prioritize your needs, preferences, and active participation in the decision-making process. We strive to create a supportive and compassionate environment where you feel heard, respected, and empowered to take control of your cholesterol management and overall cardiovascular health.

If you are dealing with high cholesterol, CoreMed Plus is here to provide the comprehensive care and support you need. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals is ready to guide you toward achieving optimal cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and enhancing your overall well-being. Contact CoreMed Plus today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward effective cholesterol management.

What is High Cholesterol

High cholesterol, also known as hypercholesterolemia, refers to elevated cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is naturally produced by the liver and also obtained through certain foods. While cholesterol is essential for various bodily functions, including cell membrane formation and hormone production, excessive levels can pose health risks.

Cholesterol travels through the bloodstream in lipoproteins, particles that carry cholesterol and other fats. There are two main types of cholesterol-carrying lipoproteins:

  1. Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL): LDL cholesterol is often called “bad” cholesterol because it can build up in the arteries, forming plaques that can restrict blood flow. When LDL cholesterol levels are high, it increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes.
  2. High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL): HDL cholesterol is often called “good” cholesterol because it helps remove LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream and carries it back to the liver for processing and excretion. Higher HDL cholesterol levels are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases.

High cholesterol typically does not cause noticeable symptoms, making it a “silent” condition. Consequently, many people may not know their high cholesterol levels until they undergo blood tests. However, persistently elevated cholesterol levels can contribute to the development of various health problems, including:

  1. Atherosclerosis: High cholesterol promotes the formation of plaques in the arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis. These plaques narrow and harden the arteries, impairing blood flow and potentially leading to heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and other complications.
  2. Cardiovascular Diseases: Excessive cholesterol levels increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), angina (chest pain), and peripheral artery disease (PAD). These conditions can severely impact overall health and quality of life.

Several factors contribute to high cholesterol levels, including:

  1. Unhealthy Diet: Consuming foods high in saturated fats and trans fats, such as fatty meats, full-fat dairy products, fried foods, and processed snacks, can raise LDL cholesterol levels.
  2. Lack of Physical Activity: A sedentary lifestyle can contribute to high cholesterol levels. Regular physical activity helps increase HDL cholesterol levels and promote overall cardiovascular health.
  3. Obesity: Being overweight or obese can disrupt the body’s cholesterol balance, leading to higher LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol levels.
  4. Genetics: In some cases, high cholesterol levels may be inherited. Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic condition characterized by abnormally high LDL cholesterol levels from birth.
  5. Age and Gender: Cholesterol levels tend to rise with age. Men generally have higher cholesterol levels than premenopausal women, although women’s levels tend to increase after menopause.

The diagnosis of high cholesterol is typically made through a blood test known as a lipid profile or lipid panel. This test measures total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides. Healthcare professionals can assess the individual’s cholesterol profile and determine appropriate management strategies based on the results.

Treatment for high cholesterol often involves a combination of lifestyle modifications and, in some cases, medication. Lifestyle changes may include adopting a heart-healthy diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins while limiting saturated and trans fats. Regular physical exercise, weight management, smoking cessation, and stress reduction are also essential.

When lifestyle modifications alone are not sufficient, medication may be prescribed. Commonly used medications include statins, which help lower LDL cholesterol levels, as well as other lipid-lowering medications that may target different aspects of cholesterol metabolism.

Regular monitoring of cholesterol levels and adherence to the treatment plan are crucial for effectively managing high cholesterol. Regular follow-up appointments and periodic blood tests allow healthcare professionals to track progress, make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan, and provide ongoing support.

Education plays a vital role in managing high cholesterol. Healthcare professionals at CoreMed Plus provide comprehensive education about cholesterol management, including the importance of lifestyle modifications, understanding cholesterol numbers, and the potential risks associated with high cholesterol. They empower individuals to make informed decisions about their health and actively participate in their treatment.

CoreMed Plus offers personalized guidance and support to individuals with high cholesterol. The healthcare team collaborates with patients to develop customized treatment plans addressing their needs and risk factors. They provide ongoing monitoring and advice on medication usage and assist in managing any side effects or concerns.

Furthermore, CoreMed Plus emphasizes the importance of a multidisciplinary approach. Healthcare professionals work closely with other specialists, such as nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and mental health professionals, to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to cholesterol management. This collaborative effort ensures that all aspects of an individual’s health and well-being are considered.

CoreMed Plus recognizes the significance of long-term management and prevention. They focus on lifestyle modifications as sustainable habits, helping individuals establish healthy eating patterns, regular physical activity routines, and stress management techniques. By addressing the underlying causes and risk factors, CoreMed Plus aims to reduce the likelihood of complications associated with high cholesterol and promote long-term cardiovascular health.

High cholesterol is a condition characterized by elevated cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. CoreMed Plus offers comprehensive care for individuals with high cholesterol, including accurate testing, personalized treatment plans, lifestyle modifications, medication management, education, ongoing monitoring, and a multidisciplinary approach. By partnering with CoreMed Plus, individuals can effectively manage their cholesterol levels, reduce their risk of complications, and work towards achieving optimal cardiovascular health.

How to Treat High Cholesterol

Treating high cholesterol involves a combination of lifestyle modifications and, in some cases, medication. The primary goal is to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels, and reduce the overall risk of cardiovascular diseases. Here are key approaches to treating high cholesterol:

  • Lifestyle Modifications:
  • Heart-Healthy Diet: Adopt a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. Limit saturated fats and trans fats found in processed foods, fried foods, and fatty meats. Increase fiber intake through sources like legumes, nuts, and seeds.
  • Exercise Regularly: Engage in moderate-intensity aerobic exercises, such as brisk walking, cycling, or swimming, for at least 150 minutes per week. Regular physical activity helps raise HDL cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol.
  • Weight Management: Maintain a healthy weight or strive for weight loss if overweight. Losing even a small amount of weight can have a positive impact on cholesterol levels.
  • Quit Smoking: Smoking damages blood vessels, lowers HDL cholesterol, and increases the risk of heart disease. Quitting smoking can improve cholesterol levels and overall cardiovascular health.
  • Limit Alcohol Consumption: Excessive alcohol intake can raise cholesterol levels. Moderation is key, with recommended limits of up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.
  • Medication:
  • Statins: Statin medications are commonly prescribed to lower LDL cholesterol levels. They work by reducing the liver’s production of cholesterol. Statins include atorvastatin, simvastatin, and rosuvastatin, among others.
  • Other Medications: In some cases, additional medications may be prescribed, such as bile acid sequestrants (e.g., cholestyramine), cholesterol absorption inhibitors (e.g., ezetimibe), fibrates (e.g., fenofibrate), or PCSK9 inhibitors (e.g., evolocumab). These medications target different aspects of cholesterol metabolism.
  • Combination Therapy: For individuals with very high cholesterol levels or multiple risk factors, combining different medications may be necessary to achieve target cholesterol levels.
  • Regular Monitoring and Follow-up:
  • Blood Tests: Regular lipid panels or lipid profiles help assess cholesterol levels and determine the effectiveness of the treatment plan. These tests measure total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.
  • Adjustments and Medication Review: Healthcare professionals monitor the response to medication and make necessary adjustments to the dosage or type of medication to achieve optimal cholesterol control.
  • Ongoing Education and Support: Education about cholesterol management, medication adherence, and lifestyle modifications is essential. Healthcare professionals provide guidance and support to help individuals make sustainable changes and understand the importance of long-term management.

It’s important to note that cholesterol management is a lifelong commitment. Treatment plans should be individualized based on factors such as age, overall health, other medical conditions, and personal preferences. Regular communication with healthcare professionals and adherence to the prescribed treatment plan are crucial for effectively managing high cholesterol and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Individuals can effectively manage their high cholesterol levels and improve their overall cardiovascular health by adopting a healthy lifestyle, taking prescribed medications as recommended, and maintaining regular monitoring and follow-up. Working closely with healthcare professionals to develop a personalized treatment plan that suits individual needs and goals is essential.

How CoreMed Plus Can Help You With High Cholesterol

At CoreMed Plus, we are dedicated to helping individuals effectively manage high cholesterol levels and improve their overall cardiovascular health. Our experienced healthcare professionals provide comprehensive care and support through personalized treatment plans, lifestyle modifications, medication management, regular monitoring, and ongoing education. 

Here’s how CoreMed Plus can help you with high cholesterol:

  1. Personalized Treatment Plans: At CoreMed Plus, we understand that each individual is unique. Our healthcare professionals will conduct a thorough evaluation, including lipid profile tests, to assess your cholesterol levels and overall cardiovascular health. Based on the results and your specific needs, we will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to address your high cholesterol. This plan may include lifestyle modifications, medication management, and risk factor control.
  2. Lifestyle Modifications: Our healthcare professionals emphasize the importance of lifestyle modifications in managing high cholesterol. They guide adopting a heart-healthy diet that is low in saturated fats and trans fats while rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. They also encourage regular physical activity, weight management strategies, smoking cessation, and stress reduction techniques. Our team will support and guide you in implementing sustainable lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol profile.
  3. Medication Management: If lifestyle modifications alone are insufficient to control your cholesterol levels, our healthcare professionals are experienced in prescribing and managing cholesterol-lowering medications. They will assess your situation and determine your most appropriate medication regimen. Whether it involves statins, bile acid sequestrants, cholesterol absorption inhibitors, or other medications, our team will closely monitor your response and adjust the treatment plan.
  4. Regular Monitoring and Follow-up: CoreMed Plus provides regular monitoring and follow-up to ensure your cholesterol management remains on track. Our healthcare professionals will schedule periodic lipid profile tests to assess your cholesterol levels and evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment plan. They will review the results with you, provide guidance, and make any necessary adjustments to optimize your cholesterol control.
  5. Ongoing Education and Support: Education is a key component of cholesterol management. CoreMed Plus offers comprehensive education and support to empower you with knowledge about high cholesterol, its implications, and effective management strategies. Our healthcare professionals will provide information on cholesterol numbers, risk factors, dietary guidelines, medication usage, and lifestyle modifications. They will address your questions and concerns, helping you make informed decisions about your health.
  6. Multidisciplinary Approach: CoreMed Plus takes a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare. Our team collaborates closely with other specialists, such as nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and mental health professionals, to provide comprehensive support for managing high cholesterol. This collaborative effort ensures that all aspects of your health are addressed, promoting holistic well-being.
  7. Patient-Centered Care: At CoreMed Plus, we prioritize patient-centered care. Our healthcare professionals actively listen to your concerns, respect your preferences, and involve you in the decision-making process. We strive to create a supportive and compassionate environment where you feel empowered to manage your high cholesterol and overall cardiovascular health actively.

By partnering with CoreMed Plus, you can benefit from personalized care, comprehensive treatment plans, lifestyle modifications, medication management, regular monitoring, ongoing education, and a patient-centered approach. Our healthcare professionals are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal cholesterol levels, reducing cardiovascular disease risk, and improving overall well-being. Contact CoreMed Plus today to schedule a consultation and start your journey toward better cholesterol management.

Meet Dr. Mark Richter

I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. 

I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.

Meet Briahnnon Long NP-BC

Briahnnon Long, NP-BC, graduated from Oakland University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She then pursued her Master of Science in Nursing. She graduated from The University of Michigan Flint in 2020 and became board certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

She works in the acute care setting as a hospitalist and in the subacute care setting at a skilled nursing facility. She has special interests in health and wellness, preventative medicine, and chronic care management in the primary care setting. She loves being outdoors, cheering on her husband and two children in hockey, and camping and boating in the summer.

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If you’re ready to take charge of your health and embark on a journey toward a healthier, happier life, we invite you to contact us today. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff is excited to take your call and help you on your health journey. We will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is right for you and provide the support and care you need every step of the way.

Don’t let health concerns hold you back – contact CoreMed Plus today and let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve a healthier, happier life.

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    Dr. Mark Richter Bio

    I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.