• High Cholesterol! Is It Time To Panic?

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on May 13th, 2015

Did you know that half of all people who have a heart attack have normal cholesterol levels?  As it turns out, cholesterol is not the great predictor that we hoped for.  More worrisome is the fact that the first indication that anything is wrong is a heart attack for 50% of people who are stricken with one.  For 25% of these people, the heart attack is fatal.

So, what can we do?   How can we predict a heart attack so that the classic story of “he or she was just given a clean bill of health” doesn’t happen to you.

There are other tests besides cholesterol that give a clearer picture of your risk as well as provide a roadmap for prevention.  One of these is an evaluation of your arteries with an easy, non-invasive test.  At the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine we “look” into your arteries with the help of a specialized ultrasound video and measure the health of your carotid arteries.

If you have increased risk of heart attacks and strokes based on this test, then we ask why and do additional tests.  These include an advanced evaluation of your cholesterol, not the usual cholesterol panel. It allows us to see if you have the type of cholesterol that forms plaque. We also look at the underlying causes of plaque—things like inflammation, diet, gluten, periodontal disease and blood sugar regulation problems.

So, don’t be fooled into thinking that cholesterol is the problem. 

Cardiovascular disease is the result of  an accumulation of problems–poor diet, gluten reactions, periodontal disease, inflammation and blood sugar problems. Your abnormal cholesterol is actually a healthy response to these underlying problems.

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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