Lipid Disorder Risks - Milwaukee, WI - Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

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Are You at Risk for Lipid Disorder?

Even some individuals who have "normal" cholesterol numbers may be at risk because of other factors.

If you don't do anything, you increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure (hypertension), and other problems. In addition, you may be putting your health and your lifestyle at serious risk if you have any of the risk factors below.

Cardiac Risk Factors

  • Abnormal HDL levels
  • High LDL levels
  • High triglycerides
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure

Family or Personal History

  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cushing's syndrome
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Kidney disease
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Cholesterol that is difficult to treat

Personal Traits

  • Overweight or obesity
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Diet, high in saturated fats (red meat, egg yolks, and high-fat dairy products)
  • Trans fatty acids (commercial, processed food products)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Certain Medications

  • Birth control pills
  • Estrogen
  • Corticosteroids
  • Certain diuretics
  • Beta blockers and some antidepressants

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