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.