High Cholesterol

High Cholesterol Treatment

High cholesterol is a concern that touches millions yet remains shrouded in misunderstanding. Cholesterol often gets a bad rap and is painted as the villain, but it’s an important player in numerous bodily functions, from digesting your favorite foods to producing vital hormones. Cholesterol comes in different types, and understanding them is necessary to manage your health effectively. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we want to help you avoid confusion. Keep reading to learn important information so you can avoid sabotaging your health. 


Cholesterol is important for your body’s daily functions, from digesting foods to producing hormones. However, not all cholesterol is created equal. Let's break it down:

  • Low-Density Lipoprotein: Often dubbed 'bad' cholesterol, LDL contributes to the buildup of fat in arteries, which can lead to heart disease and stroke.
  • High-Density Lipoprotein: Known as 'good' cholesterol, HDL removes other forms of cholesterol from your bloodstream, protecting against heart disease.

Cholesterol-Lowering Medications

For some, lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough to manage cholesterol effectively and turn to medication. The most commonly prescribed are statins, which slow down the liver’s production of cholesterol and increase the liver's ability to remove LDL. Other options include:

  • Bile acid sequestrants: These help remove cholesterol from your body through your digestive tract.
  • Cholesterol absorption inhibitors: These prevent the small intestine from absorbing the cholesterol you consume from food.
  • PCSK9 inhibitors: A newer class of drugs that help the liver absorb more LDL, thus lowering the amount of cholesterol circulating in your blood.

Before starting any medication, it’s important that you discuss all the benefits and side effects with your healthcare provider. Medication needs vary, and what works for one person may not be the best option for another.

Cholesterol Screenings

Cholesterol isn’t typically something you can feel, unlike other conditions that make their presence known through clear symptoms. That’s why cholesterol screenings are an essential part of preventive healthcare. These tests measure the levels of HDL, LDL, and total cholesterol in your blood to give you and your doctor a clear picture of your heart health. The frequency of cholesterol screenings can depend on several factors, including age, genetic history, as well as existing health conditions. It’s recommended that adults aged 20 or older should have their cholesterol checked every four to six years. For those who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or have high cholesterol, more frequent testing is advised, often annually.

High Cholesterol
High Cholesterol

Myths and Facts About Cholesterol

Cholesterol misconceptions can hinder prevention and treatment efforts. Let’s set the record straight:

  • Myth: Eating foods high in cholesterol will always raise your cholesterol levels. Fact: While dietary cholesterol can impact cholesterol levels, it's the saturated and trans fats in food that play a larger role in increasing harmful LDL levels.
  • Myth: Only older adults should worry about cholesterol. Fact: High cholesterol can affect anyone at any age. Poor lifestyle choices can influence cholesterol levels significantly, making it essential for everyone to keep an eye on their heart health.
  • Myth: If you take medication, you don’t need to worry about diet and exercise. Fact: Medications can help manage cholesterol levels, but combining them with lifestyle adjustments like a healthy diet and regular physical activity can optimize heart health.

Do You Need High Cholesterol Treatment?

At Capitol Cardiology Associates, our commitment is to empower you with knowledge and support you with quality care. High cholesterol is a manageable condition with the right tools and team. Reach out to us for more information about high cholesterol treatment options or to schedule a consultation. 

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair