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GEM - cardiovascular risk educational module part two

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Cardiovascular Risk Module Part Two - Cholesterol and Triglycerides:

1) What is LDL cholesterol? GPnotebook reference

2) What is the relationship between LDL cholesterol and coronary heart disease ? GPnotebook reference

3) Statins are the most effective available LDL cholesterol lowering agents currently available. How do statins work? GPnotebook reference

4) Considering inherited hyperlipidaemias:

An important situations where there will be a raised cholesterol is familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH)

a) How can FH be diagnosed?

b) How common is it?

c) What clinical features are virtually diagnostic of FH?

GPnotebook reference


5) Considering HDL cholesterol:

a) is high or low HDL associated with increased cardiovascular risk

b) what are some secondary causes of low HDL cholesterol? GPnotebook reference

c) how is HDL affected by exercise? GPnotebook reference

6) Considering triglycerides:

a) how do fish oils affect triglycerides?

b) how does level of fasting triglyceride relate to cardiovascular risk?

GPnotebook reference

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