High Blood Cholesterol Jump-Start Program

Welcome to the High Blood Cholesterol Jump-Start Program. This program provides information on self-care and preventive care for Exclusive Care members diagnosed with high blood cholesterol. The materials are designed to complement the care you receive from your doctor by increasing your understanding and management of high blood cholesterol, as well as provide you with tools to help you monitor your high blood cholesterol levels.

Your Exclusive Care Health Plan provides you your high blood cholesterol medications free of charge!

Please note: This information is provided to you for educational purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. Before changing any lifestyle activities, please discuss any health improvement activities or concerns that you may have with your doctor.

The Center for Optimal Health Medical Office

Medical homes are the foundation for patient-centered care and are responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values. The Center for Optimal Health Medical Office is conveniently located near downtown Riverside at the site of the Don Schroeder Family Clinic and the Rubidoux Pharmacy. The Center offers a convenient way for Exclusive Care members to receive all recommended preventative services, including nutrition and fitness consultations, at one site with no cost to members. You may access this service regardless of your PCP assignment. Same day appointments are available.


Rubidoux Pharmacy

For the best possible utilization of your prescriptions, contact the Pharmacist for a consultation. Save time and money by taking advantage of the Pharmacy’s mail order program – members receive 3 months of medications for the cost of 2 months copay. There are no copays for diabetes medications and supplies, or hypertension and cholesterol medications. Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) card is accepted.


Risk Assessments

My Life Check - Life's Simple 7

My Life Check was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health by educating the public on how best to live. These measures have one unique thing in common: any person can make these changes, the steps are not expensive to take and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. This simple, seven step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have--to live a long, productive healthy life.

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Although some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body — and call 911 if you feel: chest discomfort; discomfort in other areas of the upper body; shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort; other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.


Articles

Get Your Cholesterol Checked
It's important to get your cholesterol checked regularly. Too much cholesterol in your blood can cause a heart attack or a stroke. The good news is that it’s easy to get your cholesterol checked. If your cholesterol is high, you can take steps to lower it. This site will provide you with more answers.

About Cholesterol
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with high cholesterol or just want to learn more about cholesterol, this site can help you. You’ve already taken the most important first step. Remember three things: Check. Change. Control. Learn more.

Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is a big word for a big problem: fatty deposits that can clog arteries. These buildups are called plaque. They’re made of cholesterol, fatty substances, cellular waste products, calcium and fibrin (a clotting material in the blood).

Causes of High Cholesterol
If you have high cholesterol, there’s a good chance it’s your fault. And that’s good news! It means you can do something about it. Learn more.

Prevention and Treatment of High Cholesterol
Hyperlipidemia is a medical term that means your blood has too many lipids (fats) in it, i.e., cholesterol and triglycerides. In hypercholesterolemia, there’s too much LDL (bad) cholesterol in your blood. This increases fatty deposits in arteries and the risk of blockages.

5 Tips: What You Should Know About High Blood Cholesterol
Approximately 13 percent of U.S. adults has high total cholesterol. Lowering cholesterol levels can slow down, reduce, or even stop plaque from building up in the walls of arteries and may decrease the chance of having a heart attack. Mainstays in treating high cholesterol include diet, weight loss, physical activity, and when necessary, drug treatment. Here are 5 tips about high blood cholesterol.

How Is High Blood Cholesterol Diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose high blood cholesterol by checking the cholesterol levels in your blood. A blood test called a lipoprotein panel can measure your cholesterol levels. Before the test, you’ll need to fast (not eat or drink anything but water) for 9 to 12 hours. Learn more.

Cholesterol: Top foods to improve your numbers
Can a bowl of oatmeal help lower your cholesterol? How about a handful of walnuts or an avocado? A few simple tweaks to your diet — like these, along with exercise and other heart-healthy habits — might help you lower your cholesterol. Check this site for more helpful hints.


Tools & Resources

Questions for Your Doctor
This list of common questions about cholesterol will help you discuss test results, risk factors and lifestyle changes (including medication) with your doctor.

What Are High Blood Cholesterol and Triglycerides?
Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance found in the bloodstream and in all your body’s cells. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs. Learn more.

How Can I Improve My Cholesterol?
There are several lifestyle changes that you can make to improve your cholesterol. You can eat healthy foods, reach and maintain a healthy weight and be physically active.

What are Cholesterol-Lowering Medications?
If your doctor has decided that you need to take medicine to reduce high cholesterol, it’s because you’re at high risk for heart disease or stroke. Usually the treatment combines healthy lifestyle changes including diet, physical activity and medicine.

How Can I Monitor My Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Weight?
High cholesterol, high blood pressure and being overweight or obese are major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. You should be tested regularly to know if you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure.