Health Watch -- Affairs of the Heart: Cholesterol

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about the health of your heart. One key to keeping your heart
healthy is watching your cholesterol - not only what you eat but what’s in your blood. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at  Dallas say all adults over the age of 20 should have their cholesterol checked every five years. Those who have risk factors like a family history of heart disease should be tested every two years. Knowing your cholesterol levels allows doctors to help you make changes before permanent damage is done to your heart and blood vessels.

The current target is an LDL cholesterol level of lower than 100, or lower than 70 for those at high risk. Dr. Amit Khera, a UT Southwestern cardiologist, says your cholesterol target is determined by a number of factors, including smoking history, cholesterol, blood pressure, age and sex.


February 2006

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