Inherited Cholesterol Disorders--Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Cholesterol Clinics -  Lipid Clinics

MEDPED recommends that people with inherited high cholesterol see a Lipid Specialty physician for the proper diagnosis and treatment of their high cholesterol especially if they are unable to lower their LDL cholesterol to a normal level after six months to one year of treatment at their regular clinic. After receiving treatment and recommendations at a lipid clinic, many patients are able to go back to their regular physician for continued treatment.

Why see a lipid specialty physician?

Lipid specialty physicians receive special training in lipid disorders and have labs which can run advanced analyses on lipids and tests used for research purposes only.  At these specialized lipid clinics, patients are usually seen by a nurse, a dietician and the lipid specialty physician.  The lipid specialty physicians can determine which inherited cholesterol disorder is causing the high cholesterol and asses the person's risk for premature heart disease.  Each patient should see their lipid specialty physician at least once a year for evaluation of drug treatment and diet.

MEDPED recommends seeing a lipid specialty physician because treatment usually involves higher doses of medications and often in combination with other medications.  Lipid specialty physicians can manage the possible interactions that may occur when medications are used in combination and any increase in side effects from higher doses and the use of medication combinations.

Patients attending a lipid clinic are usually seen by a nurse, a dietician and a lipid specialty physician.  Patients provide a blood sample for laboratory analysis which includes several specialized tests.  Each patient should see their lipid specialty physician at least once a year for compliance with drug treatment and diet.

What can a Lipid Specialty Physician do?

After registering with MEDPED, we offer referrals to Lipid Specialty physicians across the United States. Unlike other physicians, lipid specialists can:

  1. Asses your blood, using sophisticated, state-of-the-art laboratory tests such as homocysteine, Lp(a), apolipoprotein levels and other cutting edge research tests to evaluate your risk of developing hardening of the arteries.
  2. Treat your high cholesterol to your target LDL and achieve the proper balace between HDL and LDL-cholesterol
  3. Follow up with your family members to see if they also have the inherited high cholesterol disorder.
  4. Provide specialized therapies such as LDL-apheresis.
  5. Offer information on the newest research studies they are participating in or refer you to a research study.