Lipid Clinic

High Cholesterol in St. Cloud

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, one in four Minnesota adults have high cholesterol. At CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center, we know this issue significantly impacts people within our region and that’s why we created a specialized Lipid Clinic.

Lipids are types of fat that include:

  • Total cholesterol
  • LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Triglycerides

Fats can be good for cell health, but fats in high levels can be harmful and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Who is a Candidate for our Program

  • Family history of high cholesterol
  • Elevated lipid (cholesterol) lab results
  • Personal or family history of coronary artery disease (heart attack, heart surgeries)
  • Elevated lipid (cholesterol) readings despite diet changes and medication
  • Statin intolerance or side effects from cholesterol-lowering medication

Why Choose Our Clinic

  • The only dedicated lipid clinic serving Central Minnesota
  • Team of lipid specialists including cardiologists, advanced practice providers, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and genetic counselors
  • A focus on holistic changes, such as nutrition, lifestyle changes and activity, to improve quality of life
  • Evaluation of non-statin alternatives to lower cholesterol levels
  • Genetic counseling and testing
  • Access to new high cholesterol medications and treatments through our research program
  • Telephone or virtual visits available for follow-up appointments


Services are covered by most insurance plans when referred by a primary care doctor or cardiologist. We accept self-referrals but contact your health plan for more information.

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