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Managing Hyperlipidemia can be overwhelming for patients. Our dedicated Clinical Care Team of pharmacists, nurses, and patient care coordinators assist patients with their healthcare insurance, investigate financial assistance for high co-pays, and provide counseling and drug education.

When you start your therapy, we’ll provide information and training to ensure you understand how to and when to take your medication, and can anticipate any side effects. Then we’ll follow up to check in and answer questions. We’re also available 24/7 if questions arise.

High cholesterol has no symptoms, so many people don’t know that their cholesterol is too high. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check your levels.

Risk Factors

  • 73.5 million adults in the United States have high low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad,” cholesterol
  • Fewer than 1 out of every 3 adults with high LDL cholesterol has the condition under control
  • Less than half of adults with high LDL cholesterol are getting treatment to lower their levels

Health conditions, your lifestyle and your family history can increase your risk for high cholesterol. These include:

  • Diabetes
  • Unhealthy Diet
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Older Age

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that travels through the blood on proteins called lipoproteins. It comes from two sources, it’s made by your body and used to do important things, like make hormones and digest fatty foods. It’s found in many foods, like egg yolks, fatty meats, and regular cheese.

Plaque

When your body has too much cholesterol, it can build up on the walls of your blood vessels. These deposits are called plaque. As your blood vessels build up plaque deposits over time, the inside of the vessels narrow and allows less blood to flow through to your heart and other organs.

Heart Health

When plaque buildup totally blocks a coronary artery carrying blood to the heart, it causes a heart attack. Another cause of heart attack is when a plaque deposit bursts and releases a clot in a coronary artery. Angina is caused by plaque partially blocking a coronary artery, reducing blood flow to the heart and causing chest pain.

High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. As your blood cholesterol rises, so does your risk of coronary heart disease.

People with high cholesterol have about twice the risk of heart disease as people with lower levels.

Treatment

Several  types of medications help lower LDL cholesterol with the treatments listed:

  • Statins are drugs that lower LDL cholesterol by slowing down the liver’s production of cholesterol. They also increase the liver’s ability to remove LDL cholesterol that is already in the blood.
  • Bile acid sequestrants help remove cholesterol from the blood stream by removing bile acids. The body needs bile acids and makes them by breaking down LDL cholesterol.
  • Niacin is a B vitamin that can improve all lipoprotein levels. Nicotinic acid raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels while lowering total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.
  • Fibrates mainly lower triglycerides and, to a lesser extent, increase HDL levels.
  • PCSK9 inhibitors are a new class of drugs that have been shown to dramatically lower LDL cholesterol levels. PCSK9 inhibitors are monoclonal antibodies (MABs), a type of biologic drug. They inactivate a protein in the liver called proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin 9 (PCSK9).

A Personalized Approach to the Patient Experience

We review all of the medications our patients are taking. Then we dive deep into their medical history to provide complete medication therapy management. This comprehensive standard of care means higher adherence levels and healthier patients.

  • Reducing and/or Delaying Disease Progression
  • Enhancing Patient’s Quality of Life and Satisfaction
  • Keeping Patients in the Workforce and/or School Longer
  • Decreasing Healthcare Costs
  • Monitor Medication Adherence
  • Managing Medication Side Effects
  • Recognizing and Responding to Suboptimal Responses to Therapy

If you’re managing Hyperlipidemia the Aureus Team is here to help. Please call us at: (844) 428-7387 or email us at info@aureushealthservices.com

Aureus is here for you.

Aureus, a Meijer Specialty Pharmacy, is making a difference in the lives of people living with a chronic or severe illness. Our caring team of pharmacists, nurses and clinicians are here to answer all your questions. We treat our patients like they are family. Our Care Teams have the clinical expertise and patient-first approach to help you get the treatment you need as fast and as straight forward as possible.