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Treatments for Lipid Disorders

The primary goal is to lower your overall risk of heart disease and stroke by getting your lipid levels to an ideal range. Your ideal range will depend on your overall health and other potential heart disease risk factors. Goals may include lowering the bad LDL cholesterol levels, reducing triglyceride levels, and/or raising the good HDL cholesterol levels.

Lipid levels can be affected by lifestyle choices. Treatment may include include weight loss, exercise, and healthy eating. Medication may also be used to help manage levels that do not respond to lifestyle changes.

Treatment may need to be adjusted throughout your lifetime. Maintain contact with your medical team, adhere to treatment, and go to any scheduled appointments to keep your treatment on track.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapies

Revision Information

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