The Pediatric Lipid Program evaluates and treats children and adolescents ages 2 to 18 years of age who have high levels of lipids (or cholesterol, fats) in their blood. Elevated lipids put children at risk for heart disease later in life, and so we strive to lower this heart disease risk.
Together, our dietitian and special trained lipid disorders physician work to create a personalized treatment plan for each child.
Through this program, your family will learn how to improve the child’s cholesterol levels with dietary and lifestyle changes.
During your initial visit to the Pediatric Lipid Program, you and your child will meet with the physician who specializes in lipid disorders. We will discuss your family's eating and physical activity habits. We will also discuss your child’s and other family members’ cholesterol levels and heart-related health issues.
A healthy and realistic plan to improve lifestyle behaviors will be made for your child and family. If necessary, we will discuss the possibility of starting nutritional supplements or medications.
Please bring the following with you to your child's first appointment:
An evaluation with a clinical dietitian may also be made during the first or second visit. Further follow up visits are primarily with the physician every 3 to 6 months.
For the medical follow-up visits, the child’s fasting lipid levels should be rechecked 1 to 2 weeks before the appointment.
We will review the recent lipid levels, other relevant lab results, and any diet or exercise changes your child and family have made. If your child is on medication, we will determine whether any changes need to be made.
For your child's follow-up appointments:
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610