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Hyperlipidemia is a Risk Factor for Ischemic Stroke

Doctor smiling with other physicians in the background Hyperlipidemia is a condition in which a person’s blood has as an abnormally high concentration of fats or lipids. It is often associated with several other complications, such as high cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, and atherosclerosis, or hardened arteries. Hyperlipidemia is almost always caused by lifestyle factors, such as obesity, smoking, alcoholism, and not exercising. However, it can also be genetic, or passed down from parent to child. By itself, this condition does not cause any symptoms. However, it can significantly increase a person’s risk of experiencing other, more serious health conditions, such as an ischemic stroke. As a result, people with hyperlipidemia may need to take certain precautions to reduce the concentration of lipids in their blood, such as:

  • Reducing their intake of saturated and unsaturated fats
  • Limiting their intake of dietary cholesterol
  • Increasing their intake of soluble fiber and plant-based steroids
  • Adhering to a regular cardiovascular exercise plan
  • Losing excess weight (up to 10 percent of their total body mass) if overweight
  • Taking medications to assist with lipid reduction

Tampa General Hospital’s comprehensive stroke center can help individuals with hyperlipidemia lower their chances of experiencing an ischemic stroke through targeted prevention and risk-reduction programs. Additionally, patients who have survived a stroke as a result of factors such as hyperlipidemia or other related conditions can receive comprehensive, multi-disciplinary treatment and rehabilitation through our stroke program - which was one of the first in Florida to earn Comprehensive Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. We offer rapid stroke symptom identification, diagnosis, and emergency onsite treatments 24/7, as well as follow-up treatments and long-term rehabilitation care.