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Cholesterol Screening and Treatment

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Cholesterol plays an important part of a person’s overall health. Many people suffer from high blood cholesterol, which is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke.

How is cholesterol tested?

During a cholesterol test, a small sample of blood will be drawn from your arm and analyzed by a laboratory. Your physician will tell you if you should avoid consuming foods, beverages and medications before your blood test (usually for nine to 12 hours). Once the test results are back, your physician will interpret your cholesterol numbers based on risk factors such as age, family history, smoking and high blood pressure.

How often should I have my cholesterol checked?

The American Heart Association endorses the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) guidelines for detection of high cholesterol:

All adults age 20 or older should have a fasting lipoprotein profile — which measures total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol and triglycerides — once every five years. The Third Report of the Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III or ATP III) was released in 2001. It recommends that everyone age 20 and older have a fasting "lipoprotein profile" every five years. This test is done after a 9–12-hour fast without food, liquids or pills. It gives information about total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

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