One Simple Test to Help Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

It is estimated that 73.5 million adults (31.7%) in the United States have high “bad” or LDL cholesterol, and that 31 million adults have high total cholesterol. Why is this a problem?  “High cholesterol increases your risk for heart disease and it usually has no signs or symptoms,” says Dr. Amy Siegel, ARC Internal Medicine physician. The CDC reports that people with high total cholesterol have approximately twice the risk for heart disease as people with ideal levels.

Cholesterol can be checked by your doctor with a simple blood test. Dr. Siegel advises that “healthy adults should get their cholesterol checked every 5 years starting at age 35.”

“If you have high cholesterol, talk to your doctor about a treatment plan to get it back to normal. If you don’t know your cholesterol level, talk to your doctor about whether a cholesterol test is needed,” says Dr. Siegel. She offers some more helpful tips and suggestions in this podcast.

If you would like to have your cholesterol checked, make an appointment with Dr. Siegel at ARC Wilson Parke. Request an appointment online or via MyChart, or by calling ARC Wilson Parke at 737-247-7200.

For more health tips from ARC doctors, tune into the weekly ARC Healthcare Minute on KLBJ News Radio 590AM/99FM on Mondays at 7:29am and 8:29am. You can also listen to podcasts from past episodes on the ARC website.

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