What is Cholesterol Screening?

Cholesterol screening helps to find out people who don’t have ideal cholesterol levels and were not aware of it before the screening. The National Guideline Clearing House (NGC) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) release the recommended screening guidelines. 

  1. Fasting lipid panel screening should be done on men age 35 and older.
  2. Fasting lipid panel screening should be done on men age 20 to 35 and women age 20 and older if  at increased risk for CHD
  3. Routine screening for lipid disorders in men aged 20-35 and women aged 20 and older who are not at increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), may be screened at the discretion of the practitioner.
  4. Repeat screening in five years for those with normal lipids, and shorter intervals for people who have lipid levels close to those warranting therapy.

The screening is based on various physical exam and lab tests.

  1. Blood pressure
  2. Fasting lipoprotein profile (cholesterol)
  3. Body weight
  4. Blood glucose
  5. Smoking, activity, diet

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