Health Watch – Healthy New Habits: Monitor Your Cholesterol

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about healthy new habits to start for the new year. One good habit recommended by doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas is to start getting your cholesterol checked at least once every five years, even if you aren't at risk for heart disease. You should be tested every two years if you have risk factors, like family history of heart disease.

Dr. Amit Khera,  a UT Southwestern cardiologist, says the target cholesterol level depends on factors like age, sex, smoking history and blood pressure. Lower levels of L-D-L — the bad cholesterol — are better, especially for people who are at greater risk. It may take a combination of lifestyle changes and medication to reach those goals, but you won't even know you need to start making changes if you don't know your current cholesterol levels.


January 2006

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