What Are Lipids?
Lipid, is a medical term for fat found in the bloodstream. There are different types of lipids, some good and some bad, with two major types of lipids being cholesterol and triglycerides.
- All adults by age 20 should be screened for lipid (cholesterol) abnormalities and periodically rescreened according to their personal risk.
- According to the American Heart Association, less than half of persons who qualify for lipid-modifying treatment are receiving it.
- Only about one-third of treated patients achieve their LDL-C goal. See graphic below to show LDL cholesterol levels.
- According to the National Lipid Association, 1 in 500 Americans have familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) - a genetic disorder which causes severely elevated cholesterol levels and can potentially lead to heart attack and death, even in otherwise healthy people.
Can Lipid Services Help Me?
If you have the following risk factors or health concerns, your risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) intensifies:
- High cholesterol, high triglycerides or low good (HDL) cholesterol levels
- Family history of heart attack, stroke or aneurysms early in life
- Swollen tendons on the heels and/or hands
- Yellowish areas around the eyes
- History of smoking
- Overweight, obesity
- Inactivity or lack or regular exercise
- Diabetes or pre-diabetes
By managing lipids and these serious risk factors throughout life with a lipidologist's expert care, one can reduce his risk for heart disease. Everyone should take prevention seriously and exploring lipid care early in life is one of the easiest ways to get a head start.
For more information about the Lipid Services at Baton Rouge General or to schedule a consultation or appointment, please call (225) 819-1160. To find a physician, please click here.