Heart Problems / Cholesterol Specialist

George Papas, MD -  - General Practitioner

George Papas, MD

General Practitioner located in San Diego, CA

As a leading general practitioner in San Diego, CA, Dr. Papas provides care for University Heights patients with heart health issues, including monitoring and treating high cholesterol to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and to help patients maintain the best cardiovascular health possible.

Heart Problems / Cholesterol Q&A

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease is a broad term that encompasses conditions affecting the heart and the blood vessels, most commonly the arteries. Some types of cardiovascular disease are associated with high cholesterol levels, but there are other types of heart disease, including heart failure, arrhythmia and heart valve problems.

How does high cholesterol cause heart problems?

High cholesterol levels in the blood can form a sticky substance called plaque that builds up along the sides of your arteries, causing them to become less flexible (a condition called atherosclerosis or “hardening” of the arteries) and eventually to become narrower. As arteries narrow, the flow of blood is restricted, limiting the amount of oxygen that can reach the heart and other organs. High levels of cholesterol can eventually reduce the level of oxygen enough to cause a heart attack or stroke.

How does Dr. Papas help patients manage cholesterol levels?

Dr. Papas prescribes regular cholesterol screenings, simple blood tests used to measure the levels of low-density and high-density cholesterol (so-called “bad” and “good” cholesterol) so he can determine if patients might benefit from cholesterol-lowering medications. In some cases, patients who have high cholesterol levels and who are overweight may help lower their levels by losing weight, avoiding the need for long-term use of medications. Dr. Papas will review your blood work results and help you evaluate the need for medication to help keep your cholesterol levels in the healthy range.

What is “good” cholesterol?

Good cholesterol refers to high-density lipoprotein, or HDL cholesterol. It's called “good” cholesterol because it helps remove plaque deposits caused by the related high-density lipoprotein, or HDL (also called “bad” cholesterol). So while it's important to lower your levels of LDL, it's also important to ensure you have the right levels of HDL to help combat the development of plaque.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

We accept most major insurance plans including HMO, PPO, Tricare, and Medicare. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Assurant Health
Bankers Life and Casualty Company
Beech Street
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Health Net