Cholesterol screening test

If you have an upcoming cholesterol screening test then you may want to know exactly how it works, what is discovered, and what to expect when you go in for the test. Cholesterol screening tests are not uncommon but most people do not know exactly what they are and how they work. Most people will get their cholesterol screening done during check ups which occur as much as five years apart from each other. As the cholesterol screening can be routine for many people it would be beneficial to know all about it before you go in to do the test.

How Often Should You Get Cholesterol Screening?
If you are a healthy individual then you will only need to get cholesterol screening once every five years or so. If you are a smoker then you may want to get the screening done more often than that. If you have relatives that have cardiovascular problems, hypertension, diabetes, or are obese then it may be recommended to get your cholesterol screening tests done more frequently as well.

What Are Good Results for a Cholesterol Screening Test?
Generally speaking, low cholesterol is a good thing. You will want to have serum levels of less than 200mg/dL at all times to have the best cholesterol health possible. However, if the cholesterol levels are too low then it could be a result of a different medical issue occurring. For instance, extremely low cholesterol may be a sign of cancer and damage to the liver. If the results from the cholesterol screening test are a very low mg/dL reading then you will want to find out if this is caused by a separate health problem.

If you have been ill recently then this may have caused the low cholesterol readings. Also, if you have just had surgery or recently suffered from a heart attack then you may not get adequate readings from the cholesterol screening test. Basically, if anything has occurred that could interfere with the test results then you should wait at least two months before completing the cholesterol screening test.

If the readings show a high cholesterol level then there could be a number of other health issues that could have caused it. For instance, pregnant women may have a higher reading of cholesterol than non-pregnant women. It would be recommended that the cholesterol screening is done two months after child birth for a pregnant woman.

The Importance of When You Get Tested

When you get your cholesterol levels tested will play a major role in what the results of the test are. If you get tested when there is any other health issues that you are experiencing then the readings may not be correct. You will need to make sure that you get your cholesterol screening test done when your serum levels are at their resting state.

If you do not get tested at the right time then you may get incorrect results. If this happens then there is a chance that you will be prescribed medication which you really do not need. This could also lead to other health issues as well. Therefore, it is extremely important that you get your cholesterol screening test done at the right time. You should speak with your doctor beforehand to plan the best date possible for the test.

Final Thoughts
Knowing what your cholesterol levels are is very important as it allows you to maintain the best health possible. If you are able to discover that you suffer from high cholesterol then you can take actions towards treating it. If you have a very low cholesterol reading then you may end up discovering a separate health issue that it may be a sign of. There are many benefits from getting a cholesterol screening test and your doctor will be able to tell you all about them. Ultimately, the cholesterol screening test is one of the few tasks which should be performed in routine check ups with your doctor every so often.

Last updated on Aug 2nd, 2010 and filed under Cardiovascular Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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  1. The importance of screening is to know your Cholesterol levels as prevention is better than cure.
    Cholesterol plays an important role in causing atherosclerosis, a specific type of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). In the West, heart disease is the number one killer responsible for nearly half of all deaths, mostly in men and in the elderly.

    Cholesterol is deposited in large amounts in the victim’s arterial wall. When the inner wall of an artery is damaged, platelets (important to blood clotting) adhere to the site of damage. Plasma cholesterol is deposited on these lesions, along with calcium ions, forming hard, calcified cholesterol plaques (atherosclerosis). These plaques lead to hardening of the arterial walls and loss of elasticity and responsiveness to changes in blood pressure. Plaques in the kidney may lead to chronic high blood pressure (hypertension). The plaques can cause a narrowing inside the arteries, reducing blood flow to a region where cells may experience ischaemia (oxygen starvation) due to insufficient circulation. If one of the coronary arteries becomes obstructed by accumulated deposits, or by a blood clot that has either formed or snagged on the deposit, the heart muscle will be starved for oxygen and an individual will suffer a heart attack, also referred to as a myocardial infarction (MI) or coronary occlusion (a coronary). These clots can block blood flow to a region (thrombosis). Most heart attacks and strokes are due either to atherosclerosis directly or to thrombosis caused by it. Plaques in the heart and the brain are the principle causes of heart attacks and strokes.

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