When left untreated, high cholesterol can increase your risk of major medical problems, including heart attacks and strokes. If you’re unsure about your cholesterol levels, schedule an appointment with Dr. Patricia G. Gao at her private practice today. Dr. Gao provides expert, preventive care to residents in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
Cholesterol is a kind of fat in your blood that comes from 2 sources. Regardless of what types of foods you consume, your body manufactures a certain amount of cholesterol on its own. You also get cholesterol from the foods you eat. Foods derived from plants don’t contain cholesterol. Cholesterol is only present in animal products.
Your body manufacturers more than enough cholesterol on its own for optimal health. Unfortunately, most Americans consume too much fat and cholesterol, which can elevate their cholesterol levels. Having high cholesterol can increase your odds of developing heart disease. Excess cholesterol in your blood gets deposited in your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that feed both your heart and your brain. Plaque forms when cholesterol deposits attach to other substances. The harmful accumulation of plaque in your arteries is referred to as atherosclerosis. Plaque can tighten the passageway inside of your arteries. This narrowing pinches off the flow of blood to your heart muscle.
Although high cholesterol is a chronic, treatable condition, it’s often asymptomatic, so checking your cholesterol levels periodically is essential. To accomplish this task, Dr. Gao takes a sample of your blood and sends it to a lab for testing.
To successfully lower your cholesterol levels, eating a healthy diet, practicing portion control, and exercising regularly are essential. Strive to fill your plate with heart healthy foods including:
Limit the total amount of meat, poultry, low-fat cheeses, and fish you eat to 7 ounces or fewer each day. Reduce your consumption of fried foods and prepackaged, processed foods. When eating fats, opt for unsaturated ones. Unsaturated fats, such as vegetable oils, are liquid at room temperature. Add more soluble fiber to your diet. Fruits, oats, peas, and beans are great sources of this type of health benefiting fiber. To control your portion sizes, consider investing in smaller plates. Aim to do some form of moderate exercise on most days of the week. If lifestyle changes alone aren’t effective at lowering your cholesterol levels, statin medications can help. To ensure good cholesterol control, Dr. Gao recommends medication treatments, lab tests, regular, and follow up visits.
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"Thorough, listens, takes appropriate time and attention. I searched a very long time for an exceptional primary care physician... Well worth the search!"
"Dr. Gao and her physician's assistant create a courteous, professional atmosphere... We recommend her to anyone seeking personalized, competent medical treatment."
"Went in to have Taylor draw a blood sample for analysis. It was quick and Taylor is excellent... and fun to talk to. I am not sure I even felt the needle."
"With Dr. Gao and her clinic staff's close monitoring and follow up on my health... I lost 45 pounds. I feel great."
"She has a very kind demeanor and takes time to listen. She treats the "whole person". She is quick to see me in an emergency. Also her staff is excellent!"
"I am so glad that my wife recommended Dr. Gao. I look forward to her and her staff providing for my health needs. Very pleasant."
"Taylor knows how to draw blood! That is such a plus in my book! She is kind, willing always helpful and gets the job done. She is an asset to Dr Gao's practice."
"Staff was very friendly and kind, Dr. Gao was as well. She was patient while i explained my symptoms and was very insightful; definitely would recommend!"
"Another outstanding visit. Dr. Gao has been a lifesaver for me and my wife for many years."
"Dr. Gao is very kind and insightful. She took the time to talk to me about any and all concerns I had. I would definitely recommend others to her."
"Easy to get an appointment for my preoperative procedures. Taylor and Dr. Gao are great! Great bedside manner, kind and caring."
"I just had out-patient surgery at Dr. Gao's office to have a cyst removed. Dr. Gao was very professional as well as her assistant. I felt no discomfort at all."
"Clean office, friendly staff, hardly any waiting time, Doctor was attentive and thorough. Look forward to my follow up!"
"For those of you who are seeking medical care that provides patient priority services this is the place to go!"
"Dr. Gao is the best Dr I've ever gone to. Her experience and professionalism is amazing. I would never go to any other doctor."
"Dr. Gao is thorough, attentive, with an excellent patient awareness that relaxes patients receiving treatment or involved in problem diagnosis."
"I always have a good experience when I have an appointment with Dr Gao. She is always pleasant, listens to me, and most of all she is a very caring doctor."
"Great service always provided by office personnel. When needed, an appointment is always available... always a pleasant and informative visit with Dr. Gao."
"My visit was handled efficiently and thoroughly by Dr. Gao and her assistant."
"Dr. Gao has always shown sincere concern for me and my family and gives us all the best treatment and counseling. I am blessed to have her as our primary care provider."
"I have been with Dr. Gao for 13+ years. She is a patient and caring doctor who will listen to your concerns and take action."