healthcare provider can help you identify your personal risk and if you need
to control your cholesterol.
a risk score
done looking at certain risk factors that are considered as an increased risk for
atherosclerosis. The risk calculator tool looks at:
- Ages between 40-79 years of age
- Blood pressure (systolic and diastolic measurements)
- Total cholesterol, good cholesterol (HDL), and bad cholesterol
- History of diabetes
- Current or past smoking history
- Treatment for high blood pressure
- Treatment of cholesterol with a statin
- Current use of aspirin
If you and your provider are unsure about your risk for developing
heart disease, you may
a test to look at the total amount of calcium (plaque) build-up in your arteries called
a coronary artery calcium score (CAC) which is
using a CT scan.
your treatmentgoals with your healthcare provider. Make sure you understand how your
cholesterol and other factors affect your risk of heart disease or other complications.
Plan to have regular monitoring and report any side effects from the medicines.
Sometimes you may need more than one medicine to reach your cholesterol goals. Also make
sure you also understand how to get ready for cholesterol testing. It often requires
that you fast before you have the test.