Dyslipidemia is a disorder of lipoprotein metabolism (handling of lipoproteins in the body), which is either resulting into lipoprotein deficiency or overproduction. The condition can encompass an elevation of the total cholesterol considered as the bad lipoprotein of low density and a decrease in the concentration of good cholesterol or lipoprotein of high density in the blood.
Dyslipidemia is an imbalance of lipids (cholesterol and fat) in the blood. There are different fats present in the blood, including cholesterols, triglycerides, as well as very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL), low-density lipoproteins (LDL), intermediate-density lipoproteins (IDL), and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). An imbalance of blood lipids (for example, an increase in VLDL, LDL, and IDL as well as a decrease in HDL) can lead to calcification of the blood vessels as well as a heart attack or stroke. Dyslipidemia is often associated with other diseases such as abdominal obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Types of dyslipidemia are organized according to their causes. Causes may be bad eating habits as well as other diseases such as diabetes, obesity, alcohol abuse, kidney disease, genetic diseases, or medications (cortisone, diuretics, birth control) or pregnancy.
About 50% of the population above the age of 40 in developed countries suffers from some sort of dyslipidemia (especially high cholesterol levels). The blood vessels of patients with increase blood lipids are prone to hardening of the vessel walls (arteriosclerosis), which can lead to heart attacks, stroke, and circulation disorders in the limbs (peripheral artery disease). Besides that, patients with high blood lipid levels may also suffer from pancreatitis. Storage of blood lipids in the liver may also occur, which can lead to fatty liver disease (steatosis of the liver) or hepatitis (inflammation of the liver). Furthermore, it can lead to fat depositions in the skin known as xanthomas.
If blood lipid levels can be lowered, then the risk of a heart attack and overall mortality will also be significantly reduced. Healthier levels can be achieved through medication, an improvement in dietary habit, weight loss, and regular physical exercise. Besides that, other illnesses that cause increased blood lipids should be treated properly and alcohol should be avoided.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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