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    Borderline high cholesterol
    An_245357 posted:
    My cholesterol levels came high in the yearly physical exam (cholesterol-223 triglycerides-193 HDL-51 LDL-133) and the doctor took an EKG immediately (I did not understand why) and looking at the results said that the my heart walls are thick. She did not explain me properly what it meant/causes.
    Can you please explain what is wrong? This is the first time my cholesterol is high. What should I do? I am a 33 year old female.
    Stentandthensome responded:
    Take care of cholesterol NOW!! I had high chol. for a long time and didn't give it the importance it deserved. I now have Radiation Induced Coronary Heart Disease and just had a stent placed in one of my arteries to repair a 60% blockage.

    DIET is key, watch out for those statin drugs that have so many side effects.

    I dropped my cholesterol down from 211 to 123, and lost 20 pounds in one month on Dr. Esseylsten Diet and low dose of a statin (which I am hoping to not be taking soon). It was hard at first but I can't imagine eating any differently now.

    The keys for me... diet, exercise, meditation, and yoga for stress. Listen to your body now, don't wait like I did.

    Good luck to you:)
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    "The doctor took an EKG/...said that the my heart walls are thick."

    First of all, a routine resting electrocardiogram (ECG) offers limited diagnostics, and results such as that can be easily confirmed or ruled out with an echocardiogram.

    Heart wall thickening is referred to as hypertrophy. We often hear about it ocurring in left ventricle (LV). The normal thickness range of the LV is from 0.6 to 1.1 cm, measured at the very end of diastole (the heart's resting/relaxation phase). If more than 1.1 cm thick, a diagnosis of LVH can be made.

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    "This is the first time my cholesterol is high. What should I do?"

    Work closely with your doctor(s) to keep ALL known modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease (actually begins very early in life, even as early as in the pre-teen/teenage years) in-check.

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    James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
    An ECG can provide information about the heart's structure, and there are some electrical findings that can suggest thickening of the heart muscle - called left ventricular hypertrophy. This most commonly develops in response to high blood pressure, although it can have other causes. i would recommend discussing your cholesterol and ECG further with your doctor to see if any further testing or recommendations are appropriate.

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