It's a big, long word, but it's linked to something very common -- heart disease, the No. 1 killer in the United States. If you have dyslipidemia --abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels -- like many Americans, you can do something about it.
Research shows that high LDL (bad) cholesterol and low HDL (good) cholesterol increase the risk for heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Recent research also shows that improving cholesterol levels may not only slow the process of plaque buildup but can -- in some instances -- reverse it.
Lipids are made of:
Cholesterol: A soft, waxy substance found among fats in your bloodstream and in your cells. Your body makes some cholesterol, and the rest comes from animal products you eat such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products.
Triglyceride: A form of fat made in your body. People with high triglyceride levels often have low good cholesterol levels and high bad cholesterol levels.
Source: American Heart Association
Lipid Clinic services include:
Screening for abnormal lipid values (blood test)
Explanation of lipid profile results
Counseling on risk factors (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, overweight, sedentary lifestyle and family history)
Risk factor modification and referral to other Mayo Clinic Health System resources and programs (smoking cessation, exercise, weight loss, low-fat/low-cholesterol diet, diabetes education)
The Lipid Clinic is located on the second floor of the La Crosse Clinic (Skemp Building), 700 West Ave. South.