High Cholesterol Doctor Near Me
Do you need a primary care doctor to help diagnose and treat your high cholesterol? Oak Street Health’s ever-growing number of locations across the US makes it easy to find the right doctor near you. Our highly skilled physicians are committed to helping you manage your high cholesterol and other medical needs.
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- What hospitals do you work with?
We work with any area hospitals that accept your insurance.
- What if I’m not sure I want to change doctors right now?
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- Who can become an Oak Street Health patient?
Our doctors specialize caring for anyone with Medicare, including Original Medicare Part B, select Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement or Medigap plans and Medicare-Medicaid Plans.
- What insurance does Oak Street Health accept?
We accept all forms of Medicare, including Original Medicare Part B, select Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement or Medigap plans and Medicare-Medicaid Plans. Call us at (888) 812-1183 to see if we accept your specific insurance.
Why is it important to have a primary care provider to help you manage high cholesterol?
By visiting your primary care physician (PCP) on a regular basis, you can help manage high cholesterol early on and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. While the right amount of cholesterol keeps us healthy, high cholesterol levels (hyperlipidemia) can be harmful. Your PCP can order screenings and blood tests that can spot excessive amounts of LDL cholesterol, known as “bad” cholesterol. It’s especially important to schedule regular appointments with your primary care doctor because high LDL cholesterol doesn’t show any apparent signs or symptoms. Your doctor may discuss preventative measures and lifestyle changes. In some cases, hyperlipidemia medications may be prescribed.
What causes or increases the risk for high cholesterol
Smoking, which damages blood vessel walls and can increase the chances of accumulating fatty deposits.
Obesity — a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more increases your risk of high cholesterol.
Lack of exercise increases “bad” LDL cholesterol while physical activity lowers your risk of heightened cholesterol.
Diabetes — high blood sugar can lead to greater “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, which can damage the lining of the arteries.
Poor diet — an excess of trans-fat, packaged foods, and saturated fat can increase your cholesterol levels.
A large waist circumference — women with a waist circumference of at least 35 inches and men with a waist circumference of 40 inches or more have an increased risk of hyperlipidemia.
If you have any of these risk factors, make sure to talk to your primary care physician. Your doctor may recommend certain preventative measures, lifestyle changes, or medications, depending on the severity and stage of your cholesterol issues.
How to find a primary care doctor at Oak Street Health
We can help you find the right PCP to help with high cholesterol before urgent medical issues come up. While it can be tempting to put off regular checkups and screenings, these preventative measures will save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Make your appointment now and find out what you can do to better manage your cholesterol issues. Browse doctors in your area and find one that’s right for you.