Lipid Clinic

The AHN Lipid Clinic offers advanced hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) treatments to help patients lower cholesterol levels and hit their targeted levels to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.

About the Lipid Clinic

We’re dedicated to treating the single most common risk factor of cardiovascular disease: lipid disorders. Our specialists work together to create treatment plans to help lower cholesterol that are tailored to each patient’s unique needs and lifestyle.

The Lipid Clinic may be right for you if you have any of the following:

  • A family history of heart attacks or strokes in members younger than 55.
  • A history of heart attack or stroke, or peripheral arterial disease with high cholesterol or high triglyceride levels.
  • No improvement in your current high cholesterol treatment.
  • Inability to take statin medications.
  • High cholesterol levels and need help eating right or starting to exercise.
  • Fatty liver disease and need help managing cholesterol.

Lipid disorders we treat

We focus on treating lipid disorders, including:

  • High LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) levels, also called bad cholesterol.
  • High triglycerides.
  • Genetic lipid disorders such as elevated lipoprotein(a).

The Lipid Clinic at AHN: Why choose us?

We offer comprehensive lipid testing and advanced cholesterol treatment options, all under one roof at Allegheny General Hospital. They include:

  • Specialized lipid testing.
  • Coronary calcium score assessment to assess risk.
  • 10-year and lifetime heart disease and stroke (ASCVD) risk assessment.
  • Genetic testing for inherited conditions.
  • Cholesterol medication management based on the latest research, including managing statin intolerances.
  • Access to clinical trials.

Our team

Our team of medical specialists provides a broad base of expertise about lipid disorders and how to reduce their effect, as well as lowering the risk of heart disease and strokes. Our medical specialists include:

  • Cardiologists, including board-certified lipid specialists, experienced at diagnosing and treating lipid disorders.
  • Dietitians, who can help plan meals and snacks to improve your numbers.
  • Pharmacists who can help determine the best medications based on your overall drug regimen.
  • Exercise physiologists who analyze your overall health and goals and customize a fitness plan just for you.

Contact us

If you have any of the lipid disorders we treat at the Lipid Clinic — and you’re not already being treated there — talk to your primary care provider (PCP) about the benefits of our specialized treatments and resources. Your doctor can then decide whether it’s best to refer you for treatment at the clinic.

Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 to schedule an appointment with your PCP for an annual checkup or to discuss your heart health concerns.

If you believe the Lipid Clinic is the right treatment choice now, you can refer yourself for treatment by calling the AHN Cardiovascular Institute directly at (412) 359-4744. Ask about the self-referral process for the Lipid Clinic. Before you call, make sure you have your current insurance information and the contact information for your current primary care provider (if you have one).

You can also complete a short AHN Lipid Clinic Request a Call form to request a call from a Lipid Clinic representative at a later, more convenient time.