Checking your Cholesterol Levels.......

By shoulders Latest Reply 2013-07-04 12:36:34 -0500
Started 2011-09-12 19:27:11 -0500

Cholesterol is measured by a blood test done at your Doctors office or a lab. A cholesterol test will tell you your total cholesterol level. It will also tell you the levels of your Good (HDL) and Bad (Ldl) cholesterol and your triglycerides. How often you have this blood test may depend on your personal risk of heart attack or strokes. Talk with your physican about how often your cholesterol should be checked.

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HeartHawk 2011-09-25 23:59:05 -0500 Report

shoulders and all members,

Note that the standard lipid panel for cholesterol is essentailly the same test called the "Friedewald Test" developed by the doc of the same name back in the 1960s (yup, it's that old). The test actually measures triglycerides and HDL cholesterol then CALCULATES your LDL cholesterol. That's right, it's not directly measured and can be off by as much as 50%!

There are newer tests (that are much more accurate) available but the Friedewald test is what most docs are familiar with and it is fairly inexpensive. But, what about that accuracy?


Trouble Breathing 49
Trouble Breathing 49 2013-07-04 12:36:34 -0500 Report

I just had a blood work done by my family doctor and for the first time in years…it was high! I'm already taking Simbvastin to regulate it I also had a slightly elevated Sugar count (113?) in the same blood work exam. I'm over 60 and must admit I haven't dieted in over 30 years and eat a lot of junk food but certainly do not want an heart attack or stroke! Doctors at DUKE & Mayo told me I'm blessed with a remarkable immune system and metabolism. That may be over. Tom

shoulders 2011-09-12 19:30:11 -0500 Report

Haveing High cholesterol doesn't cause any symptoms. Most people do not know they have high cholesterol unless they get tested. Haveing a blood test to check your cholesterol will tell you if your levels are on target.

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