The American Heart Association recommends that all adults 20 or older have their cholesterol checked every 4 to 6 years. However, more frequent screening is recommended for people with certain risk factors. These include:

  • Family history of heart disease or high blood cholesterol.
  • Diabetes.
  • Older age.
  • Being male.
  • Being overweight.
  • A high cholesterol result on a previous test.

February is American Heart Month. Click here for more information on cholesterol and other risk factors for heart disease.

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