We all know it's important to keep track of our cholesterol levels. But what does that really mean? There is good cholesterol, and bad cholesterol, dietary cholesterol, trans fats, saturated fats – the list only seems to get longer, and sometimes it seems very confusing. Which ones do we have to watch, is the bad one really bad, does it matter if a food label says no cholesterol, or no trans-fats?
We'll try to sort through some of the things that we know definitively about cholesterol and make sure that at least some of these questions get answered!
And why is this important to know? According to the CDC, more than 102 million American adults (20 years or older) have total cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dL, which is above healthy levels, and only about one-third of them have the condition under control. Plus, more than 35 million of these people have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher, which puts them at high risk for heart disease.
This is why in September we focus on cholesterol education, and want you to know that this is a great time to get your cholesterol screened!
New Milford Medical Group is well known in the community as a group of dedicated physicians and other professionals, including Internists, Cardiologists, Family Practice Physicians, and Physician Assistants, who are committed to high quality personal care.
We offer multiple advanced testing, especially cardio-vascular testing, in the office setting; patients enjoy having their tests done where they are comfortable. We are able to provide vascular ultrasounds, echo cardiography, nuclear medicine testing, including stress testing, and we are expanding to offer ultrasound testing in other areas of the body, we're the only practice in the area that is able to provide this level of comprehensive testing. We are an evidence-based practice, utilizing a problem-solving approach that incorporates the best evidence from well-designed studies, our patient values and preferences, as well as our providers' expertise in making decisions about their patient's care.
We are proud that our practice has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) . A PCMH is a team-based model of care led by your personal physician which focuses on maximizing outcomes while working to decrease the overall cost of healthcare.