High cholesterol is a condition that affects approximately 6% of adults. High cholesterol levels are diagnosed when a person has high levels of the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, which is considered a "bad" cholesterol. Generally speaking, men have higher levels of this cholesterol than women. High cholesterol is not itself a disease, but it is the cause of a number of cardiovascular problems including heart disease. It is often the case that an individual is not aware that their cholesterol levels are particularly high until complications develop.
It is possible to treat and manage high cholesterol, both by changing your lifestyle in terms of diet and exercise, and also by taking medications, called statins, such as Simvastatin, Lescol or Crestor. You can buy prescription high cholesterol treatments here at euroClinix with a simple online consultation, provided a doctor has recommended the medication to you. You can begin this process by clicking the consultation link below.
Simvastatin - Simvastatin is part of a group of medications called statins, which are specially formulated medications designed to lower the levels of cholesterol in the blood. Simvastatin is clinically proven to effectively lower your LDL levels if it is taken alongside a healthy diet and exercise. Simvastatin can significantly lower your risk of suffering from atherosclerosis, angina and coronary heart disease.
Atorvastatin is a prescription medication used to treat high cholesterol in people who are at risk of developing complications due to their condition. To further decrease the chances of suffering from a heart attack or stroke, most patients adopt a healthy diet and do regular exercise, which can also help to lower the levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol whilst increasing ‘good’ cholesterol.
Lipitor is a statin medication which is prescribed to patients with high cholesterol who are at risk of associated complications such as angina, heart disease or stroke. It works by limiting the body’s ability to produce the ‘bad’ cholesterol, which could otherwise build up in the arteries and cause blood clots and heart conditions. It also helps the body to produce more ‘good’ cholesterol.
Pravastatin is prescribed to patients who suffer from high levels of cholesterol. Most patients will not know that they suffer from high cholesterol as there are few symptoms, but if left untreated it can cause serious complications such as coronary heart disease or stroke. Statin medications will reduce cholesterol levels to help avoid any more severe health problems.
Crestor is a treatment used to lower cholesterol and reduce the chances of associated risks such as coronary heart disease or stroke. It is a type of statin which is able to reduce the ‘bad’ cholesterol whilst increasing the body’s ability to produce ‘good’ cholesterol. It can be extremely effective when the patient makes lifestyle changes, together with taking the medication.
Patients with high cholesterol can take Zocor as a way of lowering their levels of low-density lipoproteins (‘bad’ cholesterol), which can cause complications such as high blood pressure and stroke. Making lifestyle changes like a diet low in fat and salt and taking regular exercise will help to make statin medications such as Zocor more effective in lowering cholesterol.
Fluvastatin is a medication which is used to lower cholesterol, and is often prescribed to patients with high levels of triglycerides who are at risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke. Like most statins, the medication comes in the form of a tablet which is taken daily and works by lowering the ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and increasing the ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL).
Lescol is a medication which is prescribed to patients at risk of suffering from heart attacks or stroke due to high levels of cholesterol. For best results in reducing cholesterol and increasing life expectancy, statins such as Lescol should be taken as well as implementing lifestyle changes which can include a healthier diet low in fat and salt, combined with regular exercise.
Patients suffering from high cholesterol are prescribed Lipostat in order to help them reduce their levels of 'bad' cholesterol (LDL) at the same time as increasing ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL), which is beneficial to the body. As with most statin medications, Lipostat affects the enzymes in the liver which create LDL, thereby limiting the chance of more serious health conditions.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is naturally produced in the body and is a combination of steroid and lipid (fat). Along with the lipid triglyceride, cholesterol is an essential component in the structure of cells and is also involved in producing energy and making hormones. The levels of cholesterol in your blood depend primarily on how it is made in the liver, though what you eat can be a contributory factor.
If your levels of cholesterol are too high, it can lead to the narrowing and hardening of your arteries, which is a cause of heart disease.
“Good” and “bad” cholesterol
You may have heard people referring to “good” and “bad” cholesterol. “Good” cholesterol refers to high-density lipoprotein (HDL), while LDL is “bad” cholesterol. It is good to have high levels of HDL because it protects against atherosclerosis. Higher levels of LDL contribute to heart and circulatory diseases. You can lower your levels of LDL by consuming a low fat diet and with high cholesterol treatments such as Simvastatin medication. You can raise your HDL levels with exercise.
Causes of high cholesterol
If you eat foods rich in saturated fat you will increase your levels of LDL. These foods include red meat, cheese, lard, butter, cakes, pastry, biscuits and cream. Obese and overweight people often have higher levels of LDL than people at a healthy weight. This is also true of people who don’t exercise.
Some medical conditions can mean your levels of LDL are higher, including diabetes, high blood pressure, an underactive thyroid gland or kidney or liver disease. If these conditions are treated, the LDL levels usually decrease. It is also the case that some people are genetically predisposed to having high levels of cholesterol if they suffer from hypercholesterolaemia. This condition is found in one in every 500 people.
What are the risks of high cholesterol?
The risks of having high cholesterol are the health issues that it can lead to, particularly atherosclerosis (the narrowing of the arteries). When high cholesterol builds up in the arteries it can hinder the movement of oxygen in the blood, making it difficult for oxygen to reach the heart, brain and the rest of your body. You will also have an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease and blood clots.
How can I reduce my cholesterol levels?
Lowering cholesterol levels is possible by changing your diet so it is healthier and contains fewer foods that are rich in saturated fats. You should also try to exercise regularly. These two lifestyle changes will help to increase the “good” cholesterol levels in your body.
You may also benefit from the use of a statin such as Simvastatin, Fluvastatin or Lipitor, all which are clinically proven to help lower cholesterol. These are usually only prescribed if you have already made the lifestyle changes mentioned above, to little effect. They are also recommended if you have cardiovascular disease.
Can I buy high cholesterol treatments online?
You can buy your high cholesterol treatment here at euroClinix if it has been recommended to you by your doctor. To begin the ordering process, you will need to complete our free online consultation. This is a necessary step to determine whether the high cholesterol treatment will be safe for you to use. Once this has been established, one of our doctors will write you a prescription, which will be dispensed and dispatched from our pharmacy. With our free overnight delivery service, you will receive your medication quickly and securely.