High Cholesterol – Regular Screening Saves Lives
High cholesterol levels have been shown to cause coronary disease, stroke, and heart attacks. Levels go up when people eat lots of saturated and trans fats (found in processed foods), fail to get sufficient exercise, smoke, or have a genetic pre-disposition. The American Heart Association recommends that people older than 20 have their cholesterol levels checked at least once every 4-6 years unless risk factors support more frequent monitoring. Early intervention saves lives.
A typical cholesterol screening, like those provided by WellNow, measures blood levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein or “good cholesterol”) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad cholesterol”). The screen also measures triglycerides, a type of fat correlated with the same cardiovascular problems. After reviewing the test results, the healthcare provider talks about them with the patient and suggests lifestyle changes or pharmaceuticals as appropriate.
To learn more, check out what the specialists at the Mayo Clinic have to say – http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cholesterol-test/details/what-you-can-expect/rec-20169541.