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Cholesterol – Lipid Screenings

High cholesterol may not have any signs or symptoms. Oftentimes, the only way to know if you have high cholesterol is by having your cholesterol checked. Let Altitude Drug help. Our pharmacists are accessible, knowledgeable and want you to be healthy.

What is High Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is type of lipid (fat) in our blood. Our bodies need some cholesterol, but if you have too much cholesterol it can build up in your body and lead to heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.

What are the risk factors for high cholesterol?

Testing for high cholesterol is advised if you:

• Drink alcohol frequently
• Smoke cigarettes
• Are overweight or obese
• Lead an inactive (sedentary) lifestyle
• Have a history of high cholesterol or cardiovascular disease in your family
• Are diagnosed with diabetes, kidney disease, polycystic ovary syndrome or thyroid issues

What does a cholesterol screening measure?

At Altitude Drug, we will provide you with the following information in as little as 15 minutes!

1. Total cholesterol: the sum of all the types of cholesterol in your blood.

2. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL): the undesirable ‘bad’ kind of cholesterol that can build up plaque and clog your blood vessels.

3. High-density lipoprotein (HDL): the ‘good’ kind that helps clear LDL from your blood vessels and keeps arteries open for blood to flow freely.

4. Triglycerides: when you eat, the body converts the calories it doesn’t need into triglycerides that are stored in fat cells.

Who Needs to Get Their Cholesterol Checked?

  • Most healthy adults should have their cholesterol checked every 4 to 6 years.
  • Some people, such as people who have heart disease or diabetes or who have a family history of high cholesterol, need to get their cholesterol checked more often.
  • Children and adolescents should have their cholesterol checked at least once between ages 9 and 11 and again between ages 17 and 21.

Desirable Cholesterol Levels

Total cholesterol Less than 200 mg/dL
LDL (“bad”) cholesterol Less than 100 mg/dL
HDL (“good”) cholesterol Greater than or equal to 60 mg/dL
Triglycerides Less than 150 mg/d

 

How do I prepare for my cholesterol screening?

Fasting is recommended to accurately measure triglycerides. For best results, do not have any food or drinks for 8 to 12 hours before screening. Water is acceptable. Please stay hydrated.

Resources

  1. cdc.gov
  2. Cholesterol test https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cholesterol-test/about/pac-20384601
  3. Cholesterol Test https://www.healthline.com/health/cholesterol-test