Hyperlipidaemia is a medical condition in which the levels of any or all lipids or/and lipoproteins in the blood is abnormally high. This is the most common form of dyslipidemia. Lipids are essentially transported in a protein capsule. Hyperlipidaemia may be primary or secondary. Symptoms are:
• High cholesterol levels
• Yellowish deposits around the eyes or joints
An individual may suffer a heart attack and later learn that it was caused by Hyperlipidaemia
HOW IS HYPERLIPIDAEMIA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Hyperlipidaemia may be done through a blood test. General physicians order for a lipid profile test for determining the HDL, LDL and triglyceride levels in blood. This test is done on fasting, meaning 9-12 hours after consumption of solid food.
HOW IS HYPERLIPIDAEMIA TREATED?
In mild cases a permanent change of diet may be all that is required to bring down the blood levels. In other cases a diet has only a limited effect and drug treatment may be required. The drugs that are used work by modifying the way that the liver handles the lipids. Sometimes a single drug is effective, in other cases a combination of drugs is required.
DID YOU KNOW?
Hyperlipidaemia is a common health problem that can lead to serious cardiovascular disease.