High Cholesterol Treatments
Having high levels of dangerous cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL), in your blood isn't a disease on its own. However it can cause many health problems related to your heart and arterial health, especially if you already have existing heart problems or diabetes. Ideally you would want to prevent high blood cholesterol from reaching levels where it can do long-term damage to your health, and one of the best ways to do this is by managing the levels of LDL in your system through exercise, diet or in some cases by taking certain types of oral medications.
HealthExpress offers you the opportunity to order high cholesterol medications like Lescol, Lipostat or Simvastatin online, if your doctor has recommended that you take medication to help reduce high blood cholesterol. We also provide information on exercises, alternative medications and lifestyle changes that can help you manage your condition better.
Find out how to treat high cholesterol
When should I consider getting help?
It isn't always that easy to know whether you have a problem before it's too late, so it's important to get regular checkups, especially if you have one of more relatives with high blood cholesterol (hypercholesterolaemia), you are overweight or obese, often eat food with a high level of fat or if you have diabetes. Getting yourself tested simply involves making an appointment with your doctor for a blood test.
Blood cholesterol levels can fall into the following categories; ideal - 5mmol/l, mildly high – 5 to 6.4mmol/l, moderately high – 6.5 to 7.8 mmol/l and very high – 7.8mmol/l or above. However, just because you have a high level of blood cholesterol, doesn't necessarily mean that you are at risk, and your doctor will take into consideration other risk factors to your health, before recommending a course of treatment.
Making sure that you exercise and eat healthily is one of the best ways to keep levels of ‘bad' cholesterol to a minimum. This is especially true if you currently aren't looking after your health as you should. However, in cases where diet and exercise aren't as effective as it needs to be, like if you've inherited the condition or if you already have existing health problems due to high blood cholesterol, you may be recommended a prescription treatment to artificially lower your blood cholesterol.
One of the first steps to lowering your cholesterol would be to lower the amount of alcohol you consume as well as foods with saturated fats, such as red meats, butter, cheese, cream and pork. The second step is to start supplementing your diet with cholesterol-lowering foods such as beans, oats, salmon, soy, brown rice and apples or any foods containing complex carbohydrates or omega-3.
Before starting any kind of exercise routine it is advisable to speak to your doctor first, especially if you have an existing heart condition or if you haven't done exercise in a while. Adding a little more activity to your daily routine can make a big difference as it can increase the levels of ‘good' cholesterol in your system (HDL) which can actively work to reduce the ‘bad' cholesterol in your blood. Exercising can also assist in weight loss, which is helpful as being overweight is one of the main causes of high cholesterol.
There are two main types of medications that are used in the treatment of high levels of LDL blood cholesterol; these are mostly used in cases where a person already has an existing health problem as a result of high cholesterol or if diet and exercise wasn't as successful at as expected.
This kind of medications are the most widely used to help manage blood cholesterol levels. Treatments such as Simvastatin, Atorvastatin and Rosuvastatin effectively lower levels of LDL in the system by preventing its production within the liver. This can decrease the level of LDL cholesterol in the blood by almost 50%.
Can I buy prescription treatment online?
Prescription treatments such as Simvastatin, Zocor, Crestor are available to order from HealthExpress if your doctor has recommended you take it to help lower your blood cholesterol levels. Before you place your order we ask you to complete a completely free and confidential online consultation form to help our doctor make sure that you are entirely safe to order this medication. If our doctor decides that it is safe for you to take Simvastatin, a recommendation will be sent to you via email, at which point you will able to place your order. Once you have done so, your prescription will be sent to our pharmacy that will send it out, free of charge, for delivery the very next day.