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Hypercholesterolemia

Also known as Elevated Cholesterol and High Blood Cholesterol Level

Hypercholesterolemia (also spelled hypercholesterolaemia) is the presence of high levels of cholesterol in the blood. It is a form of "hyperlipidemia" (elevated levels of lipids in the blood) and "hyperlipoproteinemia" (elevated levels of lipoproteins in the blood).

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with hypercholesterolemia, 26% report having sharp chest pain, 12% report having palpitations, and 8% report having weight gain.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with hypercholesterolemia often receive hematologic tests, lipid panel, glucose measurement, complete physical skin exam performed (ml), electrocardiogram, hemoglobin a1c measurement, ultrasonography and prostate specific antigen measurement .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with hypercholesterolemia include rosuvastatin (crestor), pravastatin, lovastatin, ezetimibe / simvastatin, fenofibrate (tricor), niacin, amlodipine / atorvastatin, fluvastatin (lescol), ubiquinone (q10), indapamide, ranolazine (ranexa), orlistat (alli) and niacin / simvastatin .

Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
$109
(28 days)
Pravastatin
$12
(28 days)
Lovastatin
$12
(28 days)
Fenofibrate (Tricor)
$83
(28 days)
Niacin
$105
(28 days)
Fluvastatin (Lescol)
$95
(28 days)
Ubiquinone (Q10)

Indapamide
$4
(28 days)
Ranolazine (Ranexa)
$209
(28 days)
Orlistat (Alli)
$285
(28 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for hypercholesterolemia include age 75+ years, age 60-74 years and age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get hypercholesterolemia.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.2x
15-29 years
0.1x
30-44 years
0.6x
45-59 years
1.6x
60-74 years
2.4x
75+ years
2.1x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
1.1x
Other
1.5x
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