At The Lipid Clinic, our goal is to help you lower your risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke by managing your cholesterol. We work with you to develop an individualized prevention and treatment plan with specific nutrition, exercise and medication strategies and support you through coaching and lifestyle changes.
What to Expect
A nurse practitioner or pharmacist supervised by the physician medical directors will meet with you each visit to access your cardiovascular risk and help you set and achieve individual goals. Your primary/referring physician will be kept informed of your therapy and will continue to manage your health care needs.
At your appointments in the Lipid Clinic, the nurse practitioner or pharmacist will perform a test called a lipid profile. A lipid profile shows levels of total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and triglycerides (dietary fats) and calculates LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).
Sometimes a liver function test will be performed as needed to assess safety of certain medications. Most tests will be done by obtaining a small drop of blood from a finger stick. Additional tests may be needed through a blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm.
Laboratory tests will be done at regular intervals to measure your progress against your goals. Most of these tests will be performed at clinic visits for immediate review with the clinician. This allows the nurse practitioner or pharmacist to make any adjustments in your medications and recommendations for changes in nutrition and exercise while you are still in the clinic. You will receive a new "plan" and an appointment for your next clinic visit. The frequency of your appointments will depend on your individual risk and treatment plan.
Before Your Visit
Prior to your first visit, we will send you a welcome letter along with several forms and questionnaires to complete before your appointment. On your first visit to the Lipid Clinic, the clinician will spend time talking with you about cardiovascular disease, diet, exercise, general health and medical history. Your spouse, other family member or support person is encouraged to come with you.
Please print and fill out the Lipid Clinic New Patient Packet before your appointment. This will help expedite your visit and allow your provider to learn more about your current health status.
If you have questions or need information about the Lipid Clinic, please call (206) 860-4669.