Cholesterol Testing


Who should have cholesterol levels tested?

Current guidelines recommend that ALL adults over age 20 should have their total cholesterol tested once every five years.

Why should I be tested?

The American Heart Association provides these sobering statistics.

Cardiovascular disease

  • is the number one killer of both men and women
  • kills more than 500,000 women every year
  • kills more women than cancer, which in the year 2000 was responsible for the deaths of more than 267,000 women
  • causes strokes more frequently in women than in men

Does OB/GYN Health Associates offer any cholesterol testing?

Currently, OB/GYN Health Associates performs basic finger-stick testing which provides results within five minutes.

What happens if my cholesterol tests high?

A number of factors can influence the result of your test; your doctor may order a second test, most likely one performed after a 12-hour fast. If repeat testing confirms that your cholesterol level is a problem, the doctor may recommend a low-fat diet, weight loss, and exercise, and/or prescribe medication.

Recommended references:

The New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health, by Karen J. Carlson, M.D., Stephanie A. Eisenstat, M.D., and Terra Ziporyn, Ph.D. Harvard University Press (2004).

A Woman’s Guide to Menopause & Perimenopause, by Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., and Carol V. Wright, Ph.D. Yale University Press (2005).

American Heart Association: www.americanheart.org