Heart problems can be caused by an increased level of cholesterol in the bloodstream. When there is excess cholesterol in the bloodstream, it goes into your heart and begins to collect on the walls of the arteries. This can cause a heart blockage and this then leads to a heart attack or a stroke. If you are getting some indications that there might be some problems with your heart, you should immediately consult a doctor and go for a heart test. When you are having a heart problem or proceeding towards a heart problem you may not feel any troubling sensation in your heart at all, but there are many symptoms that can indicate a mounting heart problem. Hence, a series of tests is conducted to observe the condition of your heart and decide the future course of action.
A heart problem is a health risk, but it can also be a lifestyle problem. For example, if you consume lots of fatty food or lots of food that contain heavy doses of cholesterol such as eggs, meat and milk (and junk food of course), this waxy substance can begin to gather inside your arteries. Cholesterol is carried around with blood. Since blood goes to your heart, it also carries cholesterol with that.
Cholesterol is an essential substance for the healthy functioning of your body so enough cholesterol in the blood is needed. The problem surfaces when you already have too much cholesterol. This is when you need to get a cholesterol test or a heart test.
How do you know you have high cholesterol? Unfortunately, there is no way of finding it through the symptoms and by the time the symptoms show up – normally a heart attack – it is too late. Hence, it is very important to get regular cholesterol test and heart test if you feel that you are vulnerable.
Your body needs cholesterol to build cells and make Vitamins and other hormones. Normally you don’t need external sources of cholesterol. Your liver makes enough cholesterol for your body. If you need more, the additional cholesterol comes from other animal products such as meat, poultry and dairy products. These food products in themselves don’t produce cholesterol.They supply heavy doses of saturated and trans fats. These fats in turn make your liver produce more cholesterol than needed. Some non-animal oil sources like palm oil and coconut oil can also be big sources of saturated fat that can result in bad cholesterol.
Not all cholesterol is bad. The bad one is LDL cholesterol and the good one is HDL cholesterol. Extra amount of LDL cholesterol can give you problems and so does less amounts of HDL cholesterol.There needs to be a balance.
Cholesterol often combines with other substances inside your body to form thick, hard deposits that get collected inside your arteries. They make your arteries less flexible. They clog your arteries and hinder the flow of blood. This results in a heart attack or a stroke. Getting a regular cholesterol test or a heart test can help you keep your cholesterol levels in check.
Cholesterol can impact multiple organs of your body and therefore, there are a multitude of tests that can be performed based on your doctor’s advice. We provide our own preventive heart package that includes all the necessary tests and parameters. We also have our extended heart care package to include more tests and give you more solid data. You can have a lipid profile test. You can also have a cholesterol test. HDL and LDL cholesterol levels can be tested in the same test or separate tests.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is heart disease caused only by increased cholesterol?
Increased cholesterol is one of the major reasons for heart disease. There can be other heart complications such as a hole in the heart or the swelling of the heart. There is also cancer of the heart. Sometimes, the heart becomes large due to the extra work it is made to do and this can lead to a heart attack. But, in most of the cases it is the cholesterol that causes the problem. There is also a positive side to it. It means that with timely heart tests and cholesterol tests, most of the heart diseases can be averted.
What are the benefits of a heart test or a cholesterol test?
A complete cholesterol test is normally called a lipid panel or a lipid profile test. It measures the amount of good and bad cholesterol along with the levels of triglycerides, which is a type of fat in your blood. High levels of cholesterol can lead to heart attack or stroke. So, one of the biggest benefits of getting a heart test or a cholesterol test done is that you know if you need to take precautions to avoid things from getting worse. Changing your lifestyle to bring down the levels of cholesterol is much better than being rushed into the emergency.
How is cholesterol made inside the body?
Do you know that just 20% of the cholesterol in your blood stream comes from the food that you eat, and the rest is made by your body? Although excess cholesterol in your blood makes the ominous artery-clogging plaque, your body needs cholesterol to keep yourself healthy. It is your liver that makes the cholesterol in your body.
How much cholesterol-rich food consumption is safe?
For a grown-up person who is not physically regularly active, it is safe to consume 200-300 mg of cholesterol. But, you will be surprised to know that a single egg yolk contains 300 mg of cholesterol. Therefore, you really need to watch your food when eating. Definitely get a cholesterol test or a heart test if you think you’re consuming more cholesterol-rich food than recommended.
How can I bring my cholesterol levels down?
If possible, you need to maintain an active lifestyle. At least a few times in a day, you should increase your heartbeat but consult your physician in case you already have a heart problem and then increasing your heartbeat can be dangerous. You should reduce the consumption of saturated fats. Regular consumption of trans fats can also increase your cholesterol level, so you should avoid them. Increase the intake of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream. Eat oatmeal, apples, pears and kidney beans. Also eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as many seafoods, walnuts and flaxseeds. If you’re overweight, losing weight should be your topmost priority. You should also lower your alcohol consumption. Your physician may be able to advise you better regarding how to bring your cholesterol levels down. There are also medications for that. In the meantime, it is advised that you get a cholesterol test done to know the exact levels of cholesterol.