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High Cholesterol Santa Monica, CA

There are a lot of important numbers in regards to chronic conditions that you need to know during your lifetime. One of them is your cholesterol number. Your body uses cholesterol to make hormones and digestive fluids. It is also used in making vitamin D. The proper amount of cholesterol helps the body organs function properly.

Cholesterol is found in blood and cells. It is a waxy substance produced by your liver and found in some of the foods you ingest. Cholesterol bundles, called lipoproteins, travel in your blood. There are two types: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

LDL is also called the “bad” cholesterol because it forms fatty, waxy deposits called plaque. It can build up in the arteries and cause a variety of serious health issues including stroke, heart problems, brain blockages, gallstones and poor blood flow.

A blood test allows the doctor to check your cholesterol levels. This test is called a lipid panel or profile. Your total cholesterol will be reported, along with the breakdown of LDL and HDL cholesterols. Triglycerides, a type of blood fat, will also be part of the report.

High Cholesterol Treatment Options

Treatment for high cholesterol often involves lifestyle changes along with medicines, depending on your risk factors. In some instances, changes like eating a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine can be enough to resolve the problem.

Medicines recommended for treating high cholesterol include:

  • Statins – These medicines block the substance in the liver responsible for making cholesterol. The liver removes cholesterol from the blood, and the statins can also help reverse coronary artery disease for some individuals by assisting the body in reabsorbing cholesterol from the deposits on the artery walls.
  • Bile-acid-binding resins – These medications bind to bile acids, thereby reducing cholesterol. This causes the liver to use excess cholesterol to produce more bile acids, thus reducing blood cholesterol levels.
  • Cholesterol absorption inhibitors – Sometimes used in conjunction with a statin, this drug limits the absorption of cholesterols from food in the small intestine.
  • Injectable medications – These newer drugs help the liver absorb more LDL cholesterol.

Your doctor will assess your risk factors and medical history and recommend a course of treatment that best suits your circumstances.

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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