Screening for Lipid Disorders
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
Screening is done to find a health problem early and treat it. Tests are given to people who do not have symptoms but who may be at risk for the health problem.
Guidelines can differ between groups based on age and risk factors. It is important to talk to your doctor about your lipid levels and overall risk of heart disease.
Screening for children should be done at 9 to 11 years old and 17 to 21 years old. It may be done at other ages if there are other factors such as family history, diabetes, or weight problems.
A sample of blood will be taken to check the levels of:
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 5/29/2019
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