1 in 6 Australians suffer from heart disease, 1 Australian die every 12 minutes because of heart-related problems.
Usually, high cholesterol has no symptoms, most of the people aren’t aware of there high blood cholesterol.
A simple blood test can make you aware of the body’s cholesterol levels and heart health.
Do you need a doctor’s recommendation for the cholesterol check?
Not really, anyone whose age is 20 years or above can have their cholesterol test. Because of no symptoms, even a healthy body should get their cholesterol levels checked in every fixed period.
Getting your cholesterol levels checked should be a routine activity. You can do this with or without a doctor’s recommendation.
How Often Should Cholesterol be Checked?
How often should one individual have cholesterol test is a common query from most of the patients. To have cholesterol level checks depend on different scenarios.
- If you are diagnosed with high cholesterol
- Whether you age between 20-40
- Whether your age is 40 or above.
How often do Doctors recommend to have cholesterol test?
If you are diagnosed with high cholesterol levels and triglycerides then its recommended that you should have cholesterol test after every 3 months. It will allow you to track the progress.
People who are above 40 years of age should get their test done every year. While we age, the risk of suffering from high cholesterol rises as well.
People who are between 20-40 years of age should get tested every 4 years. Because of the sedentary lifestyle, thousands of young population are also suffering from cardiac disease.
Your doctor or pharmacist will explain what your cholesterol levels mean. More than that, they can discuss treatment options if blood cholesterol levels are rising.
Factors that Lead to Heart Diseases:
A person should never neglect the cholesterol level if any of the factors are true.
- Improper diet: Red meat, dairy products, processed food contains a lot of trans fat. If you are into regular consumption of unhealthy food items then you should get your cholesterol level periodically.
- Obesity: Being fat is also making you more vulnerable to heart disease. Having a BMI of more than 30 may put you on the risk of high bad cholesterol levels.
- Lack of exercise: Regular exercise doesn’t just make you look good but it also helps in boosting good cholesterol (High-density lipoprotein) levels. If you are someone who has an all-day sitting job then you need to plan about your heart health.
- Active smoker: Everyone is aware of the fact that smoking on a regular basis damages blood vessels. To add, it is also making the blood vessels more prone to the accumulation of fats. A smoker has a higher risk of blocked arteries.
- Aging: Functioning of body changes with age. There is a steep rise in the risk of heart disease as body age. People who are more than 40 years old should get their cholesterol level check on a yearly basis.
- Chronic diseases: People suffering from other chronic diseases like Thyroid, Hypertension, Diabetes, Family history of high cholesterol or heart disease are also more vulnerable to having high cholesterol.
Where Should You Get It Checked?
What we offer here at the Pharmacy is the Total Cholesterol Test with Accutrend. This test will require a small prick of blood and will take only two minutes to do the test.
Why the need to measure cholesterol levels?
This is to know whether or not you have high levels of cholesterol. Another reason is to know some preventive measures that can be done to achieve the right levels of it.
Overall high cholesterol is manageable and you can bring it down with the help of medication and lifestyle changes.
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