Frequently Asked Questions
What is a lipidologist?
A lipidologist is a physician who has been certified by the American Board of Clinical Lipidology in the diagnosis and treatment of lipid and lipoprotein disorders (commonly referred to as high cholesterol). A lipidologist also specializes in cardiovascular risk assessment and management of increased risk.
What can I expect during the first appointment?
The first appointment will consist of a comprehensive review of your personal and family history as well as a review of previous lab results, should you have them. You will most likely be getting additional labs at your first appointment. While it is preferred to have an office visit, you can also do telemedicine visits for follow up and new patient evaluations.
Frequency of follow up appointments will be based on your individual treatment and monitoring needs.
Will this be covered by my insurance?
As with any doctor appointment copayments or deductibles will apply. Please contact your insurance if you have questions about the coverage of any tests ordered. If I recommend getting a coronary artery calcium score, those are typically not covered and usually cost $125-150. Please contact your insurance carrier for your coverage specifics.
How do I make an appointment?
Please call my office at 804-346-1515 to make an appointment. Remember that this is also my primary care practice called Reynolds Primary Care of Virginia Physicians, Inc.
Do I need to change to you as my primary care physician?
No, I can see you for lipid management only. If you have other medical problems such as hypertension or diabetes I can also treat those or make recommendations to your primary care physician.
While I am an internist and have my own primary care practice, I started the Richmond Lipid Clinic so that I can devote more of my time to something that I am passionate about.
If I am your PCP, I may have discussed advanced lipid testing with you at some point and you can always make an appointment specifically for lipid management if needed.
Do you treat all kinds of lipid disorders?
Yes. There are many types and causes of lipid and lipoprotein disorders (high cholesterol). You will get a full evaluation to determine any possible metabolic or genetic etiologies.
Do you have a nutritionist on staff?
Yes. Virginia Physicians, Inc has a nutritionist on staff. If I order labs through True Health Diagnostics, they also have available nutritionists. There may be additional charges based on your insurance for nutritionist evaluation.