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High Cholesterol: What You Should Know

Learn about Accord's High Cholesterol Clinical Trials

Cholesterol clogged artery blocking blood flowHigh cholesterol is a very common medical condition, but it’s a problem that many are unaware of. There aren’t warning signs which signal that you are developing high cholesterol levels and people don’t get their blood tested enough. While the high cholesterol may not be immediately life threatening, it can lead to a number of potentially deadly complications including stroke, heart attack and coronary artery disease.

Clinical trials, like the ones our research team conduct here in Port Orange, FL are designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new medications and therapies for high cholesterol. What many Floridians don’t realize is that a clinical trial is also a viable alternative for this cardiological condition, especially when conventional medicine is not effective.

(Is this an opportunity that you are interested in? Please click on the link above or give us a call at (386) 760-7353.)

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that the body requires in order to construct healthy cellular walls. The substance flows through the bloodstream along with other fats (lipids). Incredibly, the human body is able to produce almost all the cholesterol it needs on its own. Cholesterol can also be obtained from various types of foods.

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High cholesterol is actually quite common and there are currently many people in Florida who don’t even realize they are living with this condition. On it’s own, high cholesterol doesn’t produce any noticeable symptoms. This is why it’s important for you to get your blood levels tested on a routine basis. Otherwise, it’ll lead to a buildup of plaque (fatty deposits) along the walls of the artery. This can form blockages which force the heart to pump harder in order to circulate blood to the rest of the body. This is what could cause life-threatening issues such as a stroke or heart attack.

What Causes High Cholesterol?

Clinical studies have shown that some people are born more susceptible to developing this medical condition. Remember that the body creates most of it’s own cholesterol, and some people may not be able to metabolize it at an efficient rate. This unfortunately seems to be a trait that can be inherited. So if high cholesterol runs in the family, then you’ll want to talk to your doctor about getting tested.

Research has also shown that most cases of high cholesterol arise out of poor lifestyle habits. This is actually positive news because it means that most cases can be reversed with proper regimen of exercise and healthy dieting. For more serious cases of high cholesterol, there are a range of medications which can be added to this regimen.

Different Types of Cholesterol

Cholesterol serves a number of important functions in the body and needs to be transported through the bloodstream. The waxy substance is actually attached to specific proteins in order to get where it needs to go. The combination is called a lipoprotein, but they don’t all carry the same types of cholesterol. Here are the different types:

  • Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) – This is referred to as “bad” cholesterol, since it tends to form the majority of plaque that can obstruct and harden the arteries.
  • Very-Low-Density Lipoprotein (VLDL) – This carries the largest concentration of fat cells (triglycerides) and contributes to the overall size of LDL cholesterol.
  • High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) – Also referred to as “good” cholesterol, HDL cleans of leftover cholesterol particles and transports them back to the liver.

Participating in a Clinical Trial in Port Orange, Florida

Are you interested in enrolling in one of our high cholesterol clinical trials? We have a dedicated and friendly research team which would love to talk to you. We understand that you probably have a few questions, and so we also recommend taking a moment to check out our resource section for clinical trial volunteers. It contains plenty of valuable information which might answer several of your questions and help paint a picture of what to expect as a participant.

Qualified volunteers can receive compensation for their time and travel expenses that are incurred in order to visit us at our clinic. All study related tests and prescribed medication are provided free of charge.

Accord’s clinic in Port Orange, FL has all the resources to conduct clinical trials targeted towards a wide range of medical conditions. If you don’t have high cholesterol, our dedicated team will help find the most appropriate study to enroll you in. Interested in helping us advance modern medicine? Call us today at (386) 760-7353.