Cholesterol tests provide results for total cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good cholesterol”, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad cholesterol”.
The Center for Performing Hearts Lipid Clinic helps patients manage their cholesterol to reduce the risk of heart disease. At the request of the attending physician, patients with lipid disorders will be enrolled in the Lipid Clinic. The process will include patient assessment, patient and family teaching, referral to other disciplines such as the clinical dietitian as needed, ongoing monitoring of patient compliance and follow-up lab work.
The Lipid Clinic nurse will meet with the patient. Topics to be addressed at the initial interview will be identification of the particular dyslipidemia, risk factors, assessment of current diet and exercise, and lipid lowering medications the patient is currently taking. If an initial lipid profile has been done the patient will be given the results as a baseline and goals for all lipid values will be set.
Patient teaching will be done by the Lipid Clinic nurse directed to the age and specific learning needs of the patient. Where possible family members will be included in the education process. The nurse may utilize videos, pamphlets from the American Heart Association and other sources, and medication teaching sheets specific to the patient dyslipidemia and treatment plan. Patients will be referred to the dietitian and cardiac rehab as needed.
A written plan for the achievement of clinical goals will be provided to the patient following the initial enrollment visit. Lipid profiles, liver profiles and other lab work will be performed per physician order. Medication changes may be made per physician order as well. The patient will be notified of lab results and treatment changes by telephone or office visit.
Patient follow-up for lab work will be monitored and patients notified by telephone or letter. Patients will be discharged from the Lipid Clinic upon reaching clinic goals or by physician’s order. All Lipid Clinic records will be maintained by The Center for Performing Hearts / Paul M. Popper, MD, PA upon discharge from the Lipid Clinic.