High blood lipids promote serious diseases such as a heart attack or stroke. The treacherous thing about this is that you don’t feel the rising values - they are the result of a mostly slow but steadily progressing calcification of the arteries. At what age you should have your cholesterol levels checked and what can be done to counteract high levels, experts will provide information on Thursday, June 23, 2022, during free consultation hours.
High cholesterol levels can be hereditary, or it can be caused by a long-term unhealthy diet with too much fat and carbohydrates in combination with too little exercise. Deposits then form in the arteries of our body, narrowing the blood vessels. The result: blood pressure rises, the risk of a stroke, heart attack or peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) skyrockets. PAD alone – a circulatory disorder in the legs – reduces life expectancy by ten years.
However, many people do not have their blood lipid levels checked by a doctor until they are older. In most cases, the important LDL cholesterol value is only determined after a heart attack, stroke or PAD. An early check of blood lipid levels is therefore an important preventive health measure for everyone. It is particularly urgent for people who have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, for example due to diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure or chronic kidney disease. The measurement also helps if blood relatives such as parents, children, grandparents and siblings have high cholesterol levels or cases of stroke or heart attack at an earlier age. The sooner you lower elevated values, the better you can protect your own blood vessels from damage.
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At what age and how often should you have your blood lipid levels checked? Are my levels too high for my age and health? Why are people with diabetes or high blood pressure particularly at risk? How do I lower my elevated stats? The experts from the German Lipid League will be able to answer all your questions about cholesterol on Thursday, June 23, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. during free consultation hours:
- Prof. Dr. medical Peter Grützmacher; Specialist in internal medicine and nephrology, head of the Agaplesion Medical Care Center in Frankfurt
- Dr. Fatima Goudjil; Specialist in internal medicine and cardiology, Saarbrücken Medical Care Center and Lipoprotein Apheresis Center
- Prof. Dr. medical Ulrich Julius; Specialist in internal medicine and diabetology; Department of lipidology and lipoprotein apheresis center, Medical Clinic and Polyclinic III at the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital at the Technical University of Dresden
- Prof. Dr. med. Reinhard Klingel; Specialist in internal medicine and nephrology, head of the apheresis research institute in Cologne
- Prof. Dr. med. Volker Schettler; Specialist in internal medicine and nephrology, Nephrological Center Göttingen
- Dr. med. Brigitte Öhm; Specialist in internal medicine and nephrology, Agaplesion Medical Care Center in Frankfurt
- Dr. with. Britta Otte; Specialist in internal medicine and nephrology, head of the lipid outpatient clinic Medical Clinic D at the University Hospital in Münster