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High blood lipids promote serious illnesses like 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 progressive calcification of the arteries. At what age should cholesterol levels be checked and what can be done to prevent high levels, experts will provide information on Thursday, June 23, 2022, during free business hours.

High cholesterol levels can be hereditary or can be caused by a long-term unhealthy diet with too much fat and carbohydrates combined 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 value of LDL cholesterol is only determined after a heart attack, stroke or PAD. Therefore, early control of blood lipid levels is an important preventive health measure for everyone. It is particularly urgent for people who are at 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 a younger age. The sooner you lower high values, the better you can protect your own blood vessels from damage.

By phone at 0800 – 2 811 811

At what age and how often should blood lipid levels be 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 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. during free consultation hours:

  • Prof. Dr. Physician Peter Grutzmacher; Specialist in internal medicine and nephrology, head of the Agaplesion Healthcare Center in Frankfurt
  • dr Fatima Goudjil; Internal medicine and cardiology specialist, Saarbrücken Medical Care Center and Lipoprotein Apheresis Center
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrico Julio; Specialist in internal medicine and diabetology; Department of Lipidology and Center for Lipoprotein Apheresis, Medical Clinic and Polyclinic III of the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital of the Technical University of Dresden
  • Prof. Dr. Physician Reinhard Klingel; Specialist in internal medicine and nephrology, director of the apheresis research institute in Cologne
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Schettler; Specialist in internal medicine and nephrology, Göttingen Nephrology Center
  • dr brigitte doctor; Specialist in internal medicine and nephrology, Agaplesion Medical Care Center in Frankfurt
  • dr doctor britta otte; Specialist in internal medicine and nephrology, head of the Medical Clinic D lipid outpatient clinic at the University Hospital Münster


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