Some patients are genetically prone to high cholesterol, and therefore, at higher risk for heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular events. Others may have high cholesterol but do not respond to traditional medications or lifestyle changes. Rush’s Advanced Lipid (Cholesterol) Clinic is a comprehensive program that provides management and treatment options for patients with these kinds of complex cholesterol and genetic lipid disorders.
Rush’s multidisciplinary care team helps patients identify and reduce their risk factors through individualized treatment plans, as well as nutrition and exercise counseling.
The clinic also allows patients to gain access to advanced diagnostics and therapies, such as genetic testing and counseling, PCSK9 inhibitors and new clinical trials focused on Lp(a) therapeutics, familial chylomicronemia syndrome and other genetic disorders. Patients will also have access to the latest trials in lipidology as Rush stays at the forefront of lipid research and new therapies.
Patients who may benefit from the clinic include the following:
- Those at high risk for cardiovascular events, especially those genetically prone to high cholesterol
- Those with cholesterol and genetic lipid disorders, such as dyslipidemia syndromes, familial hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia and primary low-HDL syndromes
- Those who have not been able to lower their cholesterol levels with medications, diet or exercise
How Rush's Advanced Lipid Clinic is saving Christine's life
Like millions of other Americans, Christine Morrisey has high cholesterol. But unlike the majority of people with high cholesterol, the standard treatment — diet + exercise + statins — wasn’t working for her.
Plus, the statins were causing her muscle aches, so she stopped taking them — and her cholesterol levels kept climbing.
Fortunately, Morrisey was able to find both the cause of the problem and a potential solution at Rush's Advanced Lipid (Cholesterol) Clinic.