Lipid disorders are common among stroke patients, many of whom also have coronary artery disease. Cholesterol, a lipid, plays a major role in the development of plaque and resulting atherosclerosis. Under-standing laboratory values, stroke risk, pharmacological management, and lifestyle modifications associated with lipid disorders is critical to improving care for stroke patients with lipid disorders.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Susan Fowler, PhD RN CNRN, email@example.com. She is a clinical nurse researcher at Morristown Memeorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ.
Marty Kelly, MSN RN NP, is a nurse practitioner at Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, NJ.
Donna Ruh, RN APNC, is a nurse practitioner for cardiology services at Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, NJ.
Deborah Johnson-Wells, MPA MT(ASCP)SH CLDir, was the laboratory director at Somerset Medical Center at the time the article was written.
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