What is High Cholesterol?

High Cholesterol is the term that describes the build-up of a fatty substance in your blood. It is normal to have some cholesterol in your blood.  Having too much can cause fatty material to build up in your artery walls. This will increase your risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, such as a stroke.

What are the causes of High Cholesterol?

There’s no single cause and it can occur for a variety of reasons, including:

– Eating a diet that is high in saturated fat
– Smoking
– Lack of physical activity
– High alcohol intake
– Kidney or liver disease.

Some people inherit a condition known as familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). This can also cause exceptionally High Cholesterol.  Even if you have a healthy lifestyle this will still be the case.

What can I do to help reduce High Cholesterol?

There are a number of things you can do to help reduce your cholesterol levels. Stopping smoking, eating a healthy diet, doing regular physical activity, controlling your weight and making sure your blood pressure is normal, will all help to improve your cholesterol and protect your heart. You can find some great help via The British Heart foundation website.

Information sourced: https://www.bhf.org.uk

Are you covered by Private Medical Insurance?

What happens if you have already been diagnosed with High Cholesterol and do not have a private medical insurance policy in place. The good news is that some health insurers will cover treatment of new conditions associated with this condition at no extra cost. This is important if you should suffer from any of the complications High Cholesterol can cause.

You can if your condition is stable, be treated at a private hospital within a timely manner.

If you suffer with High Cholesterol and would like to know whether you can buy a policy that will cover you, please get in touch. We want you to know what cover you have in place before you ever need to make a claim.

You can call us on 01245 929 129 or email enquiries@smphealthcare.com