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Steve Naeger R.Ph.,
High Cholesterol Pharmacist

What makes a specialist pharmacist special?
 

“I'll help you reach your lower cholesterol goal.”



Know the score.

Everybody being treated for high cholesterol should know the number for their LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. You can get your LDL cholesterol number from a simple blood test. Just ask your doctor.


Set an LDL goal.

Everybody being treated for high cholesterol should have a goal for LDL cholesterol. Try to set the number below your actual goal. Your doctor will determine what your goal should be. Generally, your LDL goal should be under 130. However, if you have heart disease, diabetes, or are otherwise at high risk for a heart attack or stroke, your doctor will probably want you to have an LDL level below 100-or even lower.


Develop a plan.

Not reaching your goal? Then it's time to go on the offensive. The plan you and your doctor develope may include improving your diet; increasing your exercise; increasing the dose of your medication; adding a medication; changing to another medication; or some combination of these.


Check your performance.

Has your doctor prescribed a cholesterol-lowering medication? If so, your doctor will be checking your liver and muscle enzymes to test for rare side effects. And your doctor will also retest your cholesterol level from time to time to make sure that you're taking the right medication at the right dosage to reach your goal.


Remember ...

To lower your risk of heart attack or stroke: Set your goal. Develop a plan. Check your performance. And if your pharmacy benefit is managed by Medco, a cardiovascular pharmacist is just a phone call away if you need help.




 
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