Cholesterol is a fat your body needs to function properly. Each one of our doctors is a cholesterol screening specialist that will help detect any signs early. Too much cholesterol can lead to:
It’s important to see a cholesterol screening specialist to check on your cholesterol levels.
They can use a cholesterol test (lipid panel or lipid profile) to measure the amount of “good” and “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood.
1 in 3 Americans have not had their cholesterol tested in the past 5 years. The American Heart Association recommends having your cholesterol and other risk factors checked every four to six years after the age of 20. Those with cardiovascular disease or higher risk factors may need to be assessed every year.
Cholesterol testing is very important if you:
A complete cholesterol test measures four types of lipids, or fats, in your blood:
Cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dL) of blood. Normally, cholesterol levels fall into the following ranges:
If your level falls outside the normal range, you may be at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis. Your doctor may order a blood glucose test to check for diabetes. Your doctor might also order a thyroid function test to determine if your thyroid is under-active.
High cholesterol is closely linked to lifestyle habits, which means you can make a difference. Your body produces all the LDL (bad) cholesterol it needs. But an unhealthy lifestyle, such as being sedentary and eating unhealthy foods, causes the body to produce more LDL cholesterol than it needs. Avoid the following behaviors to lower your LDL levels:
Visit Manhattan Cardiology in New York to see one of our cholesterol screening specialists. During our cholesterol test, a small sample of blood is taken from your arm or finger. We then analyze the sample in our diagnostics lab.
Take action and prevent the risk of heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis by having your cholesterol levels screened at our office in Manhattan.