Shared Medical Appointments
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)'s hyperlipidemia shared medical appointments (SMAs) are held monthly for PAMF patients with abnormal cholesterol. The SMAs offer a supportive group environment where patients can learn from each other and gain a greater understanding of their own medical conditions.
This SMA may be of particular benefit to South Asian patients with abnormal cholesterol because of their high risk for heart disease.
The hyperlipidemia SMA helps patients:
- Understand cholesterol's role in the body
- Accurately interpret test results and identify individual goals
- Identify specific foods and lifestyle changes that help to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol
- Recognize the risks and benefits of cholesterol medications