Lipid Management Program
An individualized treatment program to help lower your cholesterol
A more advanced test for those at risk
There is more to lipid management than just measuring cholesterol. The program offers high-level diagnosis and treatment for lipid disorders including using the NMR-based lipoprofile. This test provides traditional lipid analysis and further determines your risk by identifying the number of particles found in the blood stream that are associated with atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
Who is the program for?
The program is designed for anyone with cholesterol concerns including those who have heart disease. If you already have heart disease, studies have shown that cholesterol lowering medication may decrease your risk of future heart attacks and bypass surgery. If you do not have heart disease, but are at a risk for developing it, the lipid management team will work with you to help reduce your overall risk for heart disease, not just your cholesterol.
What to expect
Your initial visit will consist of a brief evaluation with a physician specializing in lipid management. The physician will discuss any prior history and order any necessary lab work. Once your lab results have been reviewed by the physician, you will have a follow-up visit to discuss your results with the physician and any recommendations including a personalized plan with a medical nutrition therapist, exercise physiologist or other necessary testing.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Referral to a registered dietitian for Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is recommended whenever an individual has an abnormal lipid profile. Individualized visits can lead to an improved lipid profile, reduced cholesterol, improved dietary pattern and weight loss.
An exercise physiologist is a specialist who can create a detailed exercise plan to fit the lifestyle needs of those with elevated cholesterol. This customized plan will incorporate a recommended plan for cardiovascular and strength training.
What tests and services are included?
During your initial visit, the physician will discuss options for advanced lipid testing and personal appointments with a registered medical nutrition therapist and an exercise physiologist.
What is the cost?
Your usual co-payments will be charged for any laboratory blood tests, appointments and prescription drugs. The NMR-based lipoprofile is paid for by some insurance plans. Please verify your individual plan regarding your specific coverage. Personalized nutrition and exercise physiology appointments are not covered by insurance but, through this program, they have been made affordable for patients at only $125 for both. These appointments include two, 30-minute sessions with the exercise specialist and two, 30-minute sessions with a medical nutrition therapist. For those interested in continuing to exercise in a medically-supervised fitness center, a discounted monthly rate is available upon completion of the program.
Our multidisciplinary team
St. Luke's Hospital Lipid Management Program provides state-of-theart diagnosis and treatment for patients with lipid disorders. This multidisciplinary team approach combines the expertise of physicians, dietitians and exercise physiologists to care for patients. Your results will be shared with your physician. If you do not have a physician, call St. Luke's Physician Referral Service at 314-205-6060 to connect with one today.
For more information
Please contact St. Luke's Physician Referral Service at 314-205-6060. They will answer questions regarding the program and refer you to a physician specializing in lipid management.