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Controlling Cholesterol

I was fighting high cholesterol for so many years – with proper diet and exercise, the best I could get my LDL cholesterol level to was 200. My doctor confirmed I had familial hypercholesterolemia and at age 28, we found four to five blockages at 90 percent. I never had symptoms – no irregular heartbeat, no palpitations, I always felt great! But I was a ticking time bomb. After open heart surgery and at age 31, I’m happy to report that I am healthy – and am enjoying my time with my wife and daughter, Lila.”

Anthony V., age 31, patient of Robert Fishberg, MD

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According to the American Heart Association, preventing heart disease (and all cardiovascular diseases) means making smart choice now that will pay off the rest of your life. That’s why physicians at Atlantic Medical Group have teamed up with the American Heart Association in an effort to improve managing cholesterol with their Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol™ program.

The Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol initiative aims to improve the identification and management of cholesterol across the nation. This national initiative aims to reduce the number of Americans, young and old, who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health care organizations, and patients to screen and treat this important risk factor. Understand Your Risks to Prevent a Heart Attack >


Learn four lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your cholesterol:

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Our Goals

Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol supports physicians and care teams by offering access to the latest research, tools, and resources to reach and sustain cholesterol control rates among the adult patient population that they serve. Join us today to help improve the health of the nation. Our goals are:

  • Increase awareness of cholesterol as a significant cardiovascular disease risk factor: what it is, how to manage and maintain, and to know one’s risk
  • Educate, engage and influence patients to better manage their cholesterol and lipids through medication adherence, tools and resources

Takeaways for Patients:

  • Know your risks for high cholesterol and know your numbers
  • Talk to your health care provider about treating cholesterol, medical adherence and medical accessibility
  • Understand the relationship between lifestyle and cholesterol
  • Use the new tools and resources to help you understand more about cholesterol and minimize your risk

Clinical Trials

At Atlantic Medical Group, we not only provide excellent medical care, but also remain active in clinical research trials from which our current and future patients may benefit, as well as in the education of medical students and residents. Our participation in clinical trials, including studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, has helped expand treatment options for patients with high triglycerides and cholesterol.

Some of our trials include medical conditions relating to genetics and coronary artery disease.

At age 41, I suffered a heart attack – I didn’t even know that I was having one because I thought I had the flu. After many tests we learned that I had 100 percent blockage in my right artery -- as well as familial hypercholesterolemia and hyperlipidemia. Happy to report that I am doing so well now thanks to my cardiologists who go above and beyond – in clinical studies, teaching me about my condition, and empowering me with so many resources. I am forever grateful for their care.”

Sherri M., age 49, patient of David Powell, MD, and Robert Fishberg, MD

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