Cholesterol tests in Commack are important screening methods designed to show you your overall heart health. It can help to demonstrate your risk factors for heart disease, heart attack, stroke and other diseases caused by clogged arteries or hardening of the arteries. Cholesterol is the soft substance that can float around in your blood. While you do need some cholesterol to stay healthy, levels that are too high can lead to buildup of the substance in your arteries. As cholesterol builds up, your arteries can narrow and eventually can become completely blocked, which is incredibly dangerous. By coming in for your well woman checkup at Huntington Women’s Health, we can determine if a cholesterol screening is recommended for you and get you scheduled for one if needed.
Your well-woman checkup will cover several matters, although the specifics of what we will be looking for will depend on your age and other factors. These checkups should begin in a woman’s teenage years and should continue every year after that. This checkup will give us a chance to get baseline values for you, such as your height, weight and blood pressure, and will give us time to do a basic physical assessment. If you have any concerns with your physical or mental health, or body changes, you are invited to bring them up to us at this time.
A cholesterol screening should be a part of every woman’s wellness check beginning at the age of 18. Cholesterol should be checked at least every five years and should be checked more frequently if you have a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol, are overweight, eat a high-fat diet, are older than 55 or have other chronic diseases.
This is a simple laboratory test that most men and women in Commack tolerate quite well. This test will measure a variety of values. We will check your total cholesterol, which we like to see below 200 mg/dL. We will check LDL, or bad, cholesterol as well as HDL, or good, cholesterol. These values should be below 100 mg/dL and above 60 mg/dL, respectively. Finally, we will measure triglycerides, which we prefer to see below 150 mg/dL.