St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's
third-largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas,
including seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers,
and two freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

Visit our main website at www.StDavids.com
St. David's Medical Center (512) 476-7111
St. David's North Austin (512) 901-1000
St. David's South Austin (512) 447-2211
St. David's Round Rock (512) 341-1000
St. David's Georgetown (512) 943-3000
St. David's Rehabilitation (512) 544-5100
Heart Hospital of Austin (512) 407-7000

Health Library

General Overview

High cholesterol is excess levels of cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol in the blood consists of three main components: low density lipoproteins, high density lipoproteins, and triglycerides.

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Living With High Cholesterol

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Achieving and maintaining a healthful weight

Never mind the fad diets, weight-loss pills, and zany herbal remedies—it all comes down to a balanced diet and a regular exercise program.

Kids and cholesterol: keeping cholesterol under control

High cholesterol levels, along with other factors that put adults at risk for heart problems, put children at risk later in life.

Sizzling ways to stop smoking

Quitting smoking is one of the most daunting challenges you'll face in your life. It's an addiction that is both physical and psychological, but quitting smoking can be done.

Start a regular exercise program

Exercise helps keep your body healthy and your tissue and organs working properly. In keeping your body in good working order, exercise also helps ward off many diseases.

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Tips for safely using medications

Whether it's a drug prescribed by a healthcare professional or just a bottle of Tylenol, medications require some special care.

Changing Your Diet

Eating out: good for the tastebuds, bad for the waistline

The more often you eat food prepared away from home, the more calories you consume, the less healthful the meals, and the heavier you become. Learn tips on becoming a calorie-conscious restaurant diner.

 

Changing Your Diet (Continued)

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Eating a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol

A high level of cholesterol in the blood is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attack. Learn about the different kinds of fats and how you can make better food choices.

Getting to the heart of a healthful diet

A heart-healthy lifestyle isn't about deprivation. It's about eating more—more fruits, more vegetables, more whole grains, and more unsaturated fats.

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Cholesterol guidelines

On July 13, 2004, a government-appointed panel of experts from the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) issued an update on cholesterol guidelines for men and women considered at risk of heart attack or stroke. Learn about the panel's recommendations.

Cholesterol and your heart: where do we stand?

Cholesterol. You've heard it's "bad for you," but why? Where does it come from? Does it do anything besides clog your arteries?

HealthGrades 2012

Thomas Reuters 50 Top Cardio Hospitals 2013

Awards & Recognition


Heart Hospital of Austin named Top Cardiovascular Hospital in the nation for the 7th year by Truven Health Analytics

 

Heart Hospital of Austin named among the Top 5% of hospitals in U.S. for clinical excellence by HealthGrades

 

Heart Hospital of Austin ranked as the #1 Cardiac Program in Texas for six consecutive years by HealthGrades

 

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