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Screening tests for cholesterol

Karen Miller
Screening tests for cholesterol
The lipid panel tests for total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. (Photo: Thinkstock.com/istock/dina2001)

It is recommended that screening for cholesterol begin at age 20 and be repeated every three to five years. Those of higher risk, such as those with diabetes, heart disease, stroke or a family history of high cholesterol, may get screened more frequently. However, schedules are tailored to a person’s particular circumstance.

The interpretation below may be different for those with heart disease or diabetes. Tests are measured in mg/dL.