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High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia)

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High cholesterol can be tricky to diagnose and monitor since it does not usually cause specific symptoms. If left untreated, high cholesterol can cause a build-up of thick deposits called plaque in your arteries which can, in turn, affect your heart and blood vessels. If you’re living with high cholesterol, you can get treatment online with DirectMD Virtual Primary Care in the comfort of your home.

What is Telemedicine/Telehealth?

Telemedicine is a rapidly growing field of medicine that uses telecommunications and information technology to provide clinical health care at a distance. Put simply, telemedicine allows medical professionals to provide medical care remotely. This means that patients can visit their doctor without having to leave the comfort of their homes. This groundbreaking technology is improving the quality of care for many patients.

Benefits of Managing High Cholesterol with DirectMD Virtual Primary Care

Telehealth and “digital doctors” are becoming a mainstream choice for optimal treatment. Regular telehealth appointments with Dr. Hughes can help you to manage your cholesterol levels and reduce cardiovascular disease risk.

Virtual appointments also have some advantages over in-office appointments.

Dr. Hughes and the DirectMD Virtual Primary Care team excel in providing this modern alternative to the hassle of a traditional visit to the doctor. From annual check-ups to managing chronic conditions like high cholesterol, you will have access to medical care and personalized support from a doctor who is dedicated to your well-being. Skip the commute, the lines, and the waiting rooms. Don’t call out sick for an entire day for a routine follow-up. The DirectMD Virtual Primary Care philosophy is to provide you with a safe space to share your health concerns with convenience. Our direct-care model allows for easily accessible one-on-one communication, comprehensive care, and a strengthening of the patient-physician relationship.

The benefits of telemedicine also include:

  • A Dedicated Doctor who can provide a personalized treatment plan
  • Next-Day Appointments Available
  • Affordable healthcare costs
  • Improved access to healthcare for those in rural areas or those who have discomfort traveling
  • Regular and Routine Wellness Checks
  • Post-operative care
  • Access to a wide range of referral-based services

Lifestyle Changes to Manage Your Cholesterol

  1. Eat a heart-healthy diet

Some diet tips include:

  • Reduce saturated fats.
    • Eliminate trans fats.
    • Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
    • Increase soluble fiber.
    • Increase whey protein intake.
  • Exercise regularly and increase the amount of daily physical activity.

Abiding by any recommended restrictions by Dr. Hughes, work up to at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week or vigorous aerobic activity for 20 minutes three times a week.

  • Quit smoking.

Quitting smoking improves your HDL cholesterol level. Within three months of quitting, your blood circulation and lung function begin to improve, and within a year of quitting, your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker.

  • Lose weight.

Carrying extra weight can contribute to high cholesterol and is a sign that your diet, exercise, or other lifestyle habits are not serving your healthcare goals.

  • Drink Alcohol in moderation.

Drinking excessive alcohol can contribute the high cholesterol. Too much alcohol can also lead to additional health problems including high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke.

How Much Does DirectMD Virtual Primary Care Cost?

Your Direct Care Membership grants you access to all of your primary care needs with Dr. Hughes. The membership monthly cost is a minimal $70 per month.

How Do I Get Started?

If you are interested in enjoying the benefits and convenience of DirectMD Virtual Primary Care telemedicine, you can sign up by clicking on the Subscribe Today button at the top of the page & completing the contact form. Or, if you have questions before you get started, feel free to contact us via phone at 682-540-4824 or email at

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