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Lipidology

For people diagnosed with a lipid disorder or metabolic syndrome, the Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group lipidology clinic is here to help!

Lipidology

What is Lipidology?

Lipidology is the study of the fatty substances in the blood, called cholesterol, lipids or lipoproteins. It is a growing area of concern because of the relationship between cholesterol and cardiovascular risk.

A lipid disorder or metabolic syndrome increases your risk for other serious life-threatening illness, such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure (hypertension).

Signs & Symptoms

Even if your cholesterol numbers are normal, you can still be at risk for cardiovascular disease or diabetes if you have any of the following:

  • Abnormal HDL levels
  • High LDL levels
  • High triglycerides
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cushing's syndrome
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Kidney disease
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Cholesterol that is difficult to treat

In addition to these risk factors, learn which personal traits and medications may put you at risk.

Tests & Diagnosis

At the lipidology clinic in Racine, our team of specialized experts will identify your health issues and work with you to decide what treatment plan works best.

Cardiovascular Risk Assessments

Lipidologists use cardiovascular risk assessments to determine how cholesterol issues affect an individual patient and then work with additional health professionals, such as nurse practitioners, nurses and dietitians, to develop a multidisciplinary care plan to help prevent disease.

Cholesterol Levels & Panel

Your primary care provider may order cholesterol tests as part of a routine screening or they may suspect cholesterol issues as a source of other health problems. After the test, you'll receive a "cholesterol panel" or results. Based on that panel, you'll know whether your cholesterol levels are normal or abnormal.

Some individuals who have "normal" numbers are still at risk for health issues related to cholesterol because they have other risk factors. These are exactly the types of concerns that lipidologists are trained to diagnose and treat, along with those patients who have very high cholesterol.

Treatments

When you receive lipid disorder treatment, your specific health issues will be diagnosed. The treatment plan might also include medication and/or lifestyle changes such as exercise, diet and stress reduction.

Your progress will be closely monitored and your care plan will be changed as necessary to make sure you're seeing the best results in treating existing health issues and preventing future problems. 

Learn more about a treatment plan.

Our Lipidology Team

As we go through this process with you, you can expect us to meet your needs as a team. This team approach begins when the nurse schedules your initial consult.

At your visit, our medical office assistants will show you to an exam room where your blood pressure, waist circumference, weight and body mass index (BMI) will be taken. After each visit, you'll be scheduled for the next appointment so that you don't have to call back.

Depending upon the nature of your visit, you may be seen by a nurse practitioner (NP) or the physician. Your visit will be an opportunity to address any questions or concerns you might have.

Our team works together to assess your condition, develop a personalized treatment plan, and monitor your improvement. The treatment plan may include medications and necessary lifestyle changes. Throughout your journey, the nurse will be available by phone for questions and will coordinate your care.

An important part of your treatment team is your family or friends. We are happy to include them as appropriate in your treatment plan.

Our team also works very closely with other health care providers you might visit. We routinely communicate with your primary care provider (PCP) as well as other providers upon request.

You have a big team of people supporting your care – PCP, family and friends, and the lipidology team. We look forward to working together for your health success.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment at the lipidology clinic, please call 262-687-8260.

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