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Hyperlipidemia

Also known as Lipidemia and Excessive Fat In The Blood

Hyperlipidemia, hyperlipoproteinemia, or hyperlipidaemia (British English) involves abnormally elevated levels of any or all lipids and/or lipoproteins in the blood. It is the most common form of dyslipidemia (which also includes any decreased lipid levels).

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with hyperlipidemia, 25% report having sharp chest pain, 10% report having weight gain, and 2% report having smoking problems.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

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

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with hyperlipidemia include simvastatin, omega-3 fatty acids, rosuvastatin (crestor), pravastatin, fenofibrate (tricor), ezetimibe / simvastatin, lovastatin, ezetimibe (zetia), niacin, gemfibrozil, hydrochlorothiazide / lisinopril, glyburide / metformin and amlodipine / atorvastatin .

Simvastatin
$11
(28 days)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
$109
(28 days)
Pravastatin
$12
(28 days)
Fenofibrate (Tricor)
$83
(28 days)
Lovastatin
$12
(28 days)
Ezetimibe (Zetia)
$100
(28 days)
Niacin
$105
(28 days)
Gemfibrozil
$18
(28 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for hyperlipidemia 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 hyperlipidemia.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.1x
15-29 years
0.1x
30-44 years
0.6x
45-59 years
1.7x
60-74 years
2.5x
75+ years
1.7x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
1.1x
Other
1.0x
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