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The Johns Hopkins Lipid Program

 

Our center provides specialized treatment for patients diagnosed with cholesterol disorders to prevent cardiovascular disease and pancreatitis.

 

Cholesterol and Your Body

 
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Cholesterol is a natural component in everyone’s blood. Cholesterol and other fats are carried in your bloodstream as spherical particles called lipoproteins. The most commonly known lipoprotein is low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

High cholesterol levels may pose serious risks. Patients with cholesterol imbalance should be seen by lipid experts for proper assessment and treatment.

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
  • Which lipid disorders do we treat?

    Patients diagnosed with genetic lipid disorders

    • Familial hypercholesterolemia
    • Familial combined hyperlipidemia
    • Familial hypertriglyceridemia
    • High lipoprotein(a)

    Patients diagnosed with lipid disorders

    • Statin intolerance
    • Severe hypertriglyceridemia
    • Disorders of HDL cholesterol
    • Lipid disorders associated with kidney and/or liver disease
  • What diagnostic and clinical services are available?

    The Johns Hopkins Lipid Program collaborates with dieticians, genetic counselors, and our specialty pharmacy to provide quality care for our patients. Our program provides the following diagnostic and clinical treatment services:

    • Personalized lipid testing
    • Screening for genetic lipid disorders
    • Education and counseling related to nutrition
    • Exercise
    • Weight management
    • Smoking cessation
    • Diabetes
    • Blood pressure control
  • What treatments are available?

    Our program provides health counseling and medication to treat lipid disorders. We may prescribe the following medications/treatments: 

    • Lifestyle modification
    • Statins
    • Ezetimibe
    • PCSK9 inhibitors
    • Bile acid sequestrants
    • Fenofibrate
    • Niacin
    • Omega 3 fatty acids
    • MCT oil
  • Are treatment samples or sample medications provided?
    We do not provide treatment samples or sample medications. Therefore, for certain medications (such as PCSK9 inhibitors), a process of insurance approval can be necessary before starting treatment.
  • Is fasting required for your clinic visit?
    No, fasting is not required.
  • Will my insurance cover any costs associated with my visit?
    The actual visit is typically covered by most insurance carriers. However, patients may be billed for facility charges or individual tests.
  • Do I need a referral form?
    Some insurance companies require a referral form to see our specialists. Please refer to your individual insurance policy for more information.
  • When is the clinic open?
    The clinic is open every Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
 
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Meet Our Experts

Meet our multidisciplinary team of specialists that provide comprehensive treatment for lipid disorders.

 
Advanced Treatment for Lipid Disorders

Clinical Trials

Our lipid program offers cutting-edge clinical trials for lipid disorders. To learn more about participating in a clinical trial visit Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Heart Disease Prevention

The Ciccarone Center

The Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center provides education and programs for adults at high risk for developing cardiovascular disease.

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