Mill City, Oregon
280 S. First Ave.
Mill City, OR 97360
Welcome to Santiam Medical Clinic, Part of Santiam Hospital. When it comes to your family and your health care, we understand how important it is to find the right medical provider. We are committed to lifelong exceptional care provided to you and your family. Santiam's primary care clinic is a state-certified, Patient Centered Primary Care Home( PCPCH). As a result the staff and the medical providers emphasize care coordination and communication. Ultimately primary care centers around the medical needs of our patients. It is our goal for you to live a healthy, vibrant, and well balanced life. We know you'll be well cared for by our excellent staff. Santiam Medical Clinic specializes in family medicine for all stages of life. As a family based clinic, our patients come here for many of their medical needs, including well-child and adult wellness exams, ages and stages, vaccines, and the ongoing management of acute and chronic disease. The clinic also offers on-site surgeries and procedures, hosts annual sports physicals at a reduced cost, and flu clinics. For your convenience Santiam Hospital not only offers a family doctor in Mill City, and we also have a Family Clinic in Aumsville, Stayton, and Sublimity Oregon.

How Do Good & Bad Cholesterol Differ? April 8, 2019

How Do Good & Bad Cholesterol Differ?, Mill City, Oregon

Your doctor probably checks your cholesterol annually as part of your preventative care routine. Knowing these numbers can help you make choices that can lead to a longer, healthier life. Here’s what good and bad cholesterol numbers mean, and what you can do to improve them.

What Is Bad Cholesterol?

Low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is also known as “bad” cholesterol. You want this number to be low. Less than 100 mg/dL is ideal, although below 129 mg/dL is acceptable if not accompanied by other heart health issues or a family history of heart disease. Anything between 130 and 159 mg/dL is cause for concern, and the doctor will recommend lifestyle changes to reduce it as part of your regular preventative care. An LDL reading above 160 mg/dL is high and may require a prescription to keep in check.

Reducing your intake of foods high in saturated fats such as red meat and full-fat dairy products can lower LDL levels. Adding whey protein, fiber, and good fats like omega-3 fatty acids will also create a balanced diet and reduce your body’s ability to absorb bad fats.

What Is Good Cholesterol?

preventative careHigh-density-lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is known as “good” cholesterol because it can actually help to lower your risk of heart disease and heart-related conditions. Ideally, a doctor will want to see an HDL of 60 mg/dL or higher. Anything lower than 40 mg/DL is considered too low. A preventative care routine to raise these levels includes increasing your exercise to four or more times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. If you smoke, quitting will not only reduce your cancer risk but will also raise your HDL and lower your chances of a heart attack. Talk with the doctor about getting to and maintaining a healthy weight. The benefits of this change will improve your cholesterol today, and help you have a longer, healthier life in the future.


Santiam Hospital in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley area offers preventative care for the whole family. This hospital has served the community since 1953, helping patients adopt healthier lifestyles and providing personalized solutions to wellness concerns. With short emergency room wait times and warm, friendly patient service, you’ll see why people choose Santiam Hospital for their routine and specialized needs. Call (503) 749-4734 to schedule an appointment or find a provider online.

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