Lipid Clinic

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. Cholesterol and triglycerides are “lipids,” which is another word for fats. Cholesterol is used by the body to make cell membranes, to provide proper salt and water balance for the body, and to make sex hormones. Triglycerides are a fuel that support muscle activity and provide a source of energy storage in case of starvation.

The fats that we eat affect blood lipid levels. When we eat too much of the wrong type of fats and don’t exercise enough, cholesterol deposits can build up in the walls of the blood vessels of our heart, leading to clogged arteries and heart attacks.

Many people are able to control their cholesterol levels through proper nutrition and exercise, and when necessary, with medications. But these methods don’t work for everyone. The Lipid Clinic offers care for people who:

  • fail to achieve their cholesterol and triglyceride targets;
  • experience side effects from lipid medications;
  • have a genetic blood lipid abnormality;
  • have a strong family history of premature coronary heart disease;
  • have multiple heart attacks or heart procedures, despite achieving lipid targets.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 866-UH4-CARE (866-844-2273).

Make an Appointment

Schedule your appointment with a heart or vascular specialist at University Hospitals:

Office appointment with a cardiologist or vascular surgeon
216-844-3800 or
1-866-UH4-CARE (1-866-844-2273)

Office appointment with a heart surgeon

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