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Overview of Lipid Management

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An Overview of Lipid Management

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FPA Correspondence Course
Approved for Florida Consultant Recertification
3 Contact Hours or 0.3 CEU's


Dyslipidemia is a medical condition that refers to an abnormal level of blood lipids. The most common type of dyslipidemia is hyperlipidemia, or high lipid levels. Dyslipidemias can affect any lipid parameter, including LDL cholesterol, levels, HDL cholesterol levels, triglycerides, or a combination of these lipids. There are many factors that can cause dyslipidemia – ranging from inherited disorders to your lifestyle. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 73.5 million adults (31.7%) in the United States have high low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad” cholesterol.  Fewer than 1 out of every 3 adults (29.5%) with high LDL cholesterol has the condition under control. Less than half (48.1%) of adults with high LDL cholesterol are getting treatment to lower their levels. People with high total cholesterol have approximately twice the risk for heart disease as people with ideal levels. Nearly 31 million adult Americans have a total cholesterol level greater than 240 mg/dL.

The health care costs associated with hyperlipidemia and its complications are growing at an alarming rate.  The American College of Cardiology–American Heart Association (ACC-AHA) has released new guidelines on the treatment of high cholesterol which will give clinicians the tools to provide desirable goals and targets for patients.


At the completion of this home study activity, pharmacists will be able to: Explain the epidemiology of hyperlipidemia; Describe the clinical presentation of lipids; Explain the normal physiology of lipids; Describe the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis; Identify causes of dyslipidemia; Compare and contrast the various pharmacological agents used to treat hyperlipidemia; Select appropriate therapy for patients with high cholesterol; Identify lifestyle modifications that are vital to the prevention and management of hyperlipidemia; Identify the role of the pharmacist in the management of hyperlipidemia.

At the completion of this home study activity, pharmacy technicians will be able to: Define hyperlipidemia; Identify causes of hyperlipidemia; Recognize signs and symptoms associated with hyperlipidemia; List medications used to treat hyperlipidemia; Recognize lifestyle changes for patients with high cholesterol.


Florida Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  Three (3) contact hours are available upon completion of the posttest questions and evaluation form.  You must pass the exam with a score of 70% or better.  This is an ACPE knowledge-based activity.  Initial Release Date:  March 15, 2016.  Expiration Date:  March 15, 2019. UAN:  0165-0000-16-045-H01-P and UAN:  0165-0000-16-045-H01-T. Florida Board of Pharmacy approval number PSC20-523019


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