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National Lipid Association Recommendations for Patient-Centered Management of Dyslipidemia

Guests Expert Panel of the NLA with Host Alan S. Brown, MD

Host Dr. Alan Brown is joined by an expert panel to discuss the NLA's latest draft document that will serve as recommendations to clinicians for treating patients with dyslipidemia. The National Lipid Association's goal was to harmonize guidelines among what has been presented in the past by the ATP panel, the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines, and those also released in 2013 by the International Atherosclerosis Society. The NLA reaffirms the importance of understanding targets of treatment and goals for patients.

Our expert panelists:

  • Harold Bays, MD, FNLA - Medical Director and President of Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Center; co-author of the National Lipid Association Recommendations for Patient-Centered Management of Dyslipidemia and co-author of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians Obesity Algorithm
  • Matthew Ito, PharmD, FNLA - Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of the Cardiovascular Pharmacodynamics Laboratory at Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Science University; member of the National Lipid Association Expert Panel on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Familial Hypercholesterolemia and the Recommendations for Patient-Centered Management of Dyslipidemia
  • Carl E. Orringer, MD, FACC, FNLA - Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiology Division at the University of Miami Medical Center; Editorial reviewer and faculty contributor to the National Lipid Association Self Assessment Programs and to the Complex Lipid Management Self-Assessment Programs
  • Kevin C. Maki, PhD, FNLA, CLS - Chief Science Officer for Midwest Center for Metabolic and Cardiovascular Research; Moderator and co-author of the Recommendations for Patient-Centered Management of Dyslipidemia
Air Date: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014

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It would seem that the best way to address something that you do not like, is not to complain about it, but to change it. If one can not change it, then change the way you think about it. My approach to the ACC/AHA guidelines was to do the latter. I thought about the simplicity of four basic recommendations and liked that. I thought about the freedom that such limited guidelines give to the treating clinician and liked the fact that the ACC guidelines encouraged reliance on lipid specialists and those with interest and experience in treating lipoprotein disorders when individual patients did not fit into the limited RCT based guideline box.. I like the comment that Neil Stone MD made when he said he hoped the guidelines encouraged Physicians to think like we were taught to think in Medical School. Think about each individual with all of their risks, baggage, fears and environmental factors. 

Kudos to the NLA to change the way they thought about these guidelines, as well as give recommendations to all of the clinicians who need to rely on all 

of the data, the interpretation of the data from exerienced experts, and have practical recommendations and options that they can offer to thier patients. 

by Dr. Radut.