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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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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

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