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What is High Cholesterol?

Your body needs cholesterol to function, to build cell membranes, form hormones and more. Your body converts some of the fats that you eat into cholesterol. But too much of certain kind of “bad cholesterol,” or LDL, can contribute to atherosclerosis—a buildup of fatty deposits on the walls of arteries—and lead to heart disease.  

At the same time, another kind of cholesterol, HDL, helps remove cholesterol from the body, so it’s known as “good cholesterol.” 

A high level of cholesterol, by itself, doesn’t cause any symptoms. Since you can't tell on your own whether you have unhealthy levels of cholesterol, it’s important to have cholesterol levels checked by your doctor on a regular basis. 

UR Medicine's Treatments for High Cholesterol

  • Lifestyle modification. The doctors and Advance Practice Providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) at UR Medicine Cardiac Care can help you control unhealthy levels of cholesterol through exercise and diet.
  • Medications. Several medications are effective at reducing levels of cholesterol, including statins, cholesterol absorption inhibitors, and bile-acid binding resins as well as non-statin drugs such as PCSK9 inhibitors.
  • LDL Apheresis. Lifestyle changes and medications are effective for most people, but if your cholesterol remains high, LDL apheresis is a method of filtering your blood. This nonsurgical procedure can lower LDL by as much as 80% in one session, lowering the risk of heart attacks. Since LDL builds up in the blood again over time, LDL apheresis is usually required two to four times a month. Medicare and other insurers have certain requirements to cover LDL apheresis.

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine Cardiac Care offers the area's only Lipid Clinic, where our providers specialize in treating patients with high cholesterol and high triglycerides. Our experts offer the most advanced treatments available, including LDL Apheresis for patients with very high levels of LDL cholesterol.

Our clinic offers specialized tests to pinpoint the source of high cholesterol levels and other diseases. We offer blood tests which reveal a more precise understanding of different types of cholesterol in your blood, including cholesterol particles of different sizes and densities.

Because we’re the region's only academic medical center, the care we provide you is informed by the latest research. Our experts will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your condition. We also offer nutritionists who craft personalized diets to help lower cholesterol levels.


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16 locations

Cardiac Care - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building G
2400 South Clinton Avenue, 1st Floor
Rochester, NY 14618

Cardiac Care - Dansville

Noyes Memorial Hospital
111 Cara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Cardiac Care - Canandaigua - Canandaigua

Thompson Professional Building
395 West Street, Suite 307
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Cardiac Care - Clifton Springs

Finger Lakes Cardiology
410 Clifton Springs Professional Park
Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Cardiac Care - Rochester

Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Cardiac Care - Irondequoit

999 East Ridge Road, Suite 1000
Rochester, NY 14621

Cardiac Care - Penfield

1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Suite 200
Penfield, NY 14526

Cardiac Care - Henrietta

Red Creek (Calkins Corporate Park)
600 Red Creek Drive, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14623

Cardiac Care - Seneca Falls

Lifecare Medical Associates
1991 Balsley Road
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Cardiac Care - Brockport

Strong West
156 West Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brockport, NY 14420

Cardiac Care - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main Street
Wellsville, NY 14895

Paul N. Yu Heart Center - Rochester

Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Ground Floor
Rochester, NY 14626

Cardiac Care - Brighton

140 Canal View Boulevard, Suite 102
Rochester, NY 14623

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