Elevated cholesterol leads to increased risk for heart attack, strokes, and peripheral artery disease. Diet can help control high triglycerides and bad cholesterol or low density lipoprotein (LDL). Exercise can help improve good cholesterol or high density lipoprotein (HDL). According to the American Heart Association (2017), patients with history of cardiovascular disease should have a LDL value of 70mg/dL or less to prevent future risk of heart attack, strokes, and peripheral vascular occlusions (blockages). Sometimes diet and exercise may not be enough to lower your risk for cardiovascular events, and medications may be recommended.
In the majority of cases, your Primary Care Provider (PCP) will effectively manage your cholesterol. They are usually the first ones to screen for cholesterol disorders during routine annual exams and blood testing. However, a subset of patients often need to have cholesterol disorders managed by a specialist. A consultation with a Lipid Specialists may be recommended when the LDL or Triglyceride goal is not achieved while already on medications from your PCP or you have experienced a recent cardiovascular event, such as heart attack or stroke.
Our cardiology practice conveniently provides a consultation service with our Nurse Practitioner, who specializes in the evaluation and management of cholesterol. She provides an extensive evaluation of your medical history and laboratory studies and works collaboratively with you to improve diet, exercise, and medication therapies. In the Lipid and Lifestyle clinic, you will be provided routine monitoring of progress with follow up visits when necessary and via help of routine blood testing.
- Evaluate Cardiovascular Event Risk
- Diagnose and Treat Lipid Disorders
- Provide Recommendations for Heart-Healthy Lifestyle
- Optimize Medical Therapy
- Reduce Adverse Effects And Complications Of Lipid-Lowering Therapy
- Advanced Lipid Testing interpretation
- American Heart Association. (2017). About Cholesterol. Retrieved from; http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/AboutCholesterol/About-Cholesterol_UCM_001220_Article.jsp#.WvsflIgvxPY
- Centers for Disease Control (2017, a) About high cholesterol. Retrieved from; https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/facts.htm
- Centers for Disease Control (2017, b) Knowing your risk: High cholesterol. Retrieved from; https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/risk_factors.htm
- Foundation of the National Lipid Association (2009). About us: What does a lipid specialist do. Retrieved from http://www.lipidfoundation.org/about/lipid_specialists/