An elevated blood cholesterol level can contribute to heart disease without proper treatment. Count on the team at Humble Cardiology Associates, with locations in Houston and Humble, Texas, to determine whether you have high cholesterol and perform procedures, such as angioplasty, to clear blockages from your arteries. Interventional cardiologist Madaiah Revana, MD, FACC, uses his expertise to safeguard your lasting health. Call today or book a consultation online to find out whether you have elevated cholesterol.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that, in excessive amounts, can lead to problems with your blood vessels and heart. Cholesterol comes in two forms, a good kind, and an unhealthy kind.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the unhealthy type. About 71 million adults are living with elevated levels of LDL cholesterol. This cholesterol circulates in your arteries, gradually leaving hard deposits, called plaques, in the vital arteries leading to your brain and heart.
Over time, these deposits stiffen and narrow your arteries. Blockage of your arteries may lead to a heart attack without proper medical care.
Unhealthy lifestyle choices often trigger elevated cholesterol. You may increase your risk of high cholesterol by:
Elevated cholesterol also runs in families, so you're more prone to have this condition if your parents had high cholesterol.
Cholesterol accumulates inside the walls of your arteries in a process known as atherosclerosis. This buildup of cholesterol makes hardened plaques that narrow your arteries and block the flow of blood. Atherosclerosis is a potentially deadly process that increases your risk of angina (severe chest pain), heart attack, and stroke.
To unclog your arteries, the team at Humble Cardiology Associates may recommend angioplasty, a procedure used to restore blood flow. They often suggest angioplasty if you’re experiencing chest pain or if the blockage in your coronary arteries increases your chances of having a heart attack.
Your provider performs your procedure while you're awake, after administering medication to help you relax. They numb an area on your groin or arm, then thread a thin catheter through your blood vessel until the instrument reaches your coronary artery. An expandable balloon is inserted through the tube and inflates the balloon to remove plaque while expanding your artery.
During your procedure, they also may insert a device called a stent, which remains in your artery to keep it open. Afterward, you need to lie flat for a time, and you may need to stay overnight in the hospital so the team at Humble Cardiology Associates can ensure you're healing properly.
If you suspect you have elevated cholesterol, call Humble Cardiology Associates today or schedule a consultation online to safeguard your lasting health.