Ryan Laponis, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursUCSF Internal Medicine
San Francisco, CA 94143
- monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- Anthem Blue Cross of California
- Blue Shield of California
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Chinese Community Health Plan
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Health Net
- Health Plan of San Mateo
- Kaiser Permanente Health Plans Northern California
- On Lok
- PacifiCare/Secure Horizons
- San Francisco Health Plans
- Santa Clara Family Health Plan
- TRICARE West/Healthcare Alliance
- United Healthcare, California
- UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion
What is a lipid specialist?
Learn Your Lipids answeredLipid specialists include physicians and allied health professionals -- such as pharmacists, nurse practitioners and dietitians -- who have training and expertise in lipid disorders, including familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). Many lipid specialists work in lipid clinics where they can collectively treat patients from the entire spectrum of medicine. Lipid clinics also can perform tests that help determine if and what kind of inherited cholesterol disorder a patient has as well as assess a patient’s risk for premature coronary heart disease. In addition, lipid specialists are skilled at managing the possible interactions and side effects that may occur when patients take medications prescribed to treat FH.
What is the digestive tract?
The digestive tract is the part of our bodies that helps in the digestion of food. This starts with the mouth as we ingest food all the way to our rectum where we expel our waste and everything in between as our food travels through its long journey! This includes from our mouth to our esophagus (food pipe), then to our stomach, on to our small intestine, then large intestine which our rectum is the end where waste is expelled.
What kind of impact is obesity having on rates of heart disease?
Eating habits are having a major impact on heart disease rates, says Mary Ann McLaughlin, MD, medical director of the Cardiac Health Program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. In this video, she discusses how we can reduce heart disease rates.
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