Doctors and Specialists

Your regular doctor will probably be the physician to detect high cholesterol from a routine blood test. Depending on your age and gender, that provider may be one of the following:

  • General practitioner: Treats all patient groups.
  • Gynecologist: Female health specialist.
  • Pediatrician: Specialist in infant, childhood and adolescent care.
  • Gerontologist: Doctor for senior or elder health.

Once high cholesterol is discovered, it can be helpful to consider a team approach to the problem, especially if you are in a high-risk category. These specialists deal with the prevention and treatment of high cholesterol:

  • Nutritionist: Formulates a diet plan that will lower LDL and triglycerides.
  • Personal trainer: Creates a personal workout program that will help get a person into shape safely.
  • Nurse educators: Assists individuals in understanding the condition and its significance along with the necessary treatment plans.
  • Psychologist: Helps individuals decrease stress, quick smoking and make any mental adjustments that contribute to the condition.
  • Cardiologist: Treats diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels. While high cholesterol itself isn’t a reason to see a cardiologist, it’s a good idea if other risk factors like diabetes, hypertension, obesity or a and/or family history of high cholesterol or heart problems.
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