Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Lifestyle and food are two elements that can have a dual effect.They can improve your health or cause it to deteriorate,sometimes beyond control. We do not realize these facts till we cross the age of 40 and then it may be too late in some cases.
Cholesterol is one of the bad outcomes of a mismanaged lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits. It is a soft waxy substance foundin the lipids (fats) in the blood stream. It is important to understand the role of cholesterol in your body so that you can prevent it from causing damage and protect your heart and live a longer and healthier life.
Over a period cholesterol builds up on the inside of the blood vessels. This causes the blood vessels to thicken and restricts blood flow to organs, which means reduced oxygen supply. Insevere cases the blood flow is restricted to extreme that itcauses the organs to fail. Heart attack or stroke is a direct outcome of this process.
Reduced levels of cholesterol in blood will decrease your chances of getting heart disease, strokes and angina. Changing food habits eating less fatty food, exercising regularly and maintaining an active lifestyle are key to looking after yourheart.
Sometimes medication may become necessary to counter high cholesterol levels in your blood. Atorvastatin is one such drug that lowers cholesterol levels within safe limits and prevents buildup in blood vessels. This drug works best together with alterations in your lifestyle including food,exercise and if necessary, weight reduction.
This drug is classified as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor. In simple terms it slows the production of cholesterol in yourbody. Generic Lipitor is another drug in this category that is effective.The medication must be used under qualified medical supervision.You must discuss you medical details and inform your doctor incase you plan to get pregnant or are breast feeding a child.
It is administered orally and you should maintain a definite schedule for taking the drug. Overdosing can be dangerous, so stay away from such practice. Once you begin to take the medication stay in touch with your doctor and seek immediate help in case you detect some abnormal reactions.While taking the medication do not consume fatty food for obvious reasons. Avoid alcohol or other forms of addiction as they may nullify the good effect or worse complicate the situation.
There may be some side effects associated with Atorvastatin but these should be mild and go away gradually. If any allergi creaction persists, seek medical attention.Store the medication in its container and keep the same at room temperature. All unused and expired medication must be disposed properly.Atorvastatin is a prescription medicine and should be purchased against a valid prescription written for your specific needs.
Fighting cholesterol begins by altering your lifestyle.
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High Cholesterol = Heart Attack