High Cholesterol / Complete Lipid Panel

A complete cholesterol screening (also called a lipid panel) is a finger-stick blood test that measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. These measurements help determine your risk for cardiovascular disease.


Schedule this Screening
*Screening availability may be limited by location.

Who is this screening for?

  • In adults with no symptoms, cholesterol screening should take place every five years starting at age 20.
  • Patients with heart disease or abnormal lipid levels should be screened every one to two years.
  • Those on medication to lower cholesterol should be screened every six weeks until lipid goals are met, and every four to six months thereafter.

Ages

Varies widely based on risk factors

Frequency

Yearly for people with risk factors

Risk Factors for High Cholesterol

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Fatty, high sodium diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Family History of Heart Disease

High Cholesterol/Lipid Panel Screening Details

High Cholesterol/Lipid Panel screening is accurate with a finger-stick blood test, and four levels are measured: LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), total cholesterol, and Triglycerides. The optimal total cholesterol target is less than 200 mg/dL with a good cholesterol level (HDL) above 60 mg/dL and a bad cholesterol (LDL) of less than 100 mg/dL.

About High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a buildup of substances in the blood that increases the risk for buildup of plaque in your arteries. Arterial plaque narrows and blocks arteries throughout your body, which is a major risk factor for strokes and heart attacks.

Warning Signs of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol has no symptoms; the only way to detect high cholesterol is through a blood test.

High Cholesterol/Lipid Panel Screening FAQ

  • What is high cholesterol?
    Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) in your blood. Your body needs some cholesterol. But if you have too much, it can build up in your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • What causes high cholesterol?
    You can get high cholesterol by eating foods that have too much cholesterol and saturated fat or by having an inherited condition that causes high cholesterol.
  • What happens if I have high cholesterol?
    Having high cholesterol can lead to the buildup of plaque in artery walls, called atherosclerosis. It can lead to coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, peripheral artery disease, or transient ischemic attack.
*Most of the time, screening results are normal, providing the customer with peace of mind. However, in some cases, such as the real life stories here, potential health issues are identified enabling the person to do something about it before it is too late.
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