Instructions For A Physician Assistant: Hello Mr. Brown
Mr. Brown: I received the lab results from my recent blood work and I have a few questions and concerns.
Physician Assistant: Let me take a look. I see that your total cholesterol is 210, triglycerides 145, HDL 33 & LDL 160. What questions did you have?
Mr. Brown: I am unsure what these numbers mean. Can you explain them to me?
Physician assistant: I’d be happy to help you. Let’s start with triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood. When you eat, triglycerides are converted into energy. If you eat more calories than you use, you may have high triglycerides. This may especially be a risk if you eat a high carbohydrate, high fat diet.
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Medications called statins keep your liver from making cholesterol. Statins help your body use up excess cholesterol. Most people can take statins without many side effects. However, side effects may include “headache, difficulty sleeping, flushing of the skin, muscle aches, tenderness, or weakness (myalgia), drowsiness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, abdominal cramping or pain, bloating or gas, diarrhea, constipation, &/ or rash. Statins also carry warnings that memory loss, mental confusion, high blood sugar, and type 2 diabetes are possible side effects. It 's important to remember that statins may also interact with other medications you take.” …show more content…
They help slow the absorption of the cholesterol from the things we eat. Some side effects are nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, &/or headache.
Finally, there are injectable medications. These help the liver absorb more cholesterol. These are most often used for people with very high cholesterol or people who are intolerant of other the medications.
Mr. Brown: That’s a lot of information. What would you recommend?
Physician Assistant: I think that we should start with a statin medication like Liptor. In addition, I’d like you to consider the slight lifestyle changes we’ve discussed. Start pick one change, like taking a short walk after a meal & stick to it, then pick up a new fresh vegetable at the grocery store to try. Making little lifestyle changes over time can reap huge benefits. I think that with those things, we should see a lot of improvement.
Mr. Brown: You mentioned high triglycerides. What do we do about that?
Physician Assistant: Most often, reduction in cholesterol leads to reduction in triglycerides. I think with the medication & the lifestyle changes we’ve discussed, your triglyceride levels should improve.
Mr. Brown: What if things don’t improve? Will I have a heart attack or