• The Whys and Hows of Cholesterol Testing

    Do you know your cholesterol numbers? Most Americans don’t, yet millions of adults either have heart disease or are at risk of it. The next time you go to the clinic for an annual physical exam, ask your doctor about getting your cholesterol tested. High cholesterol doesn’t cause any symptoms, so you can have the test even if you feel healthy overall. If you do have abnormal cholesterol levels, your physician can get you started on a treatment plan to help you live a long, healthy life.

    Why Cholesterol Tests Are Important

    Many people avoid going to the doctor’s office unless they feel sick or sustain an injury. But with preventive healthcare, many serious health problems can be avoided, or detected early and treated effectively. Cholesterol tests are a simple way to get to know your own body better, and the results can guide you as you make lifestyle decisions. People who have high cholesterol and don’t realize it aren’t getting the medical help they need to reduce their risk of these complications :

    • Heart attack
    • Stroke
    • Angina
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Peripheral vascular disease

    Who Needs Cholesterol Tests

    Most heart disease experts recommend getting your cholesterol checked every five years, starting at the age of 18. However, your doctor may recommend more frequent testing if you’re at a high risk. Risk factors include the following:

    • Overweight or obesity
    • Tobacco use
    • Family history of heart attacks or high cholesterol
    • Sedentary lifestyle
    • High-fat diet

    Men over age 45 and women over age 55 are automatically presumed to be at a higher risk too. Children between the ages of nine and 11 should have a cholesterol test. This health screening isn’t recommended for children ages 12 through 16, since hormonal changes associated with puberty can interfere with the results.

    How the Test Is Performed

    Cholesterol levels are evaluated with a blood sample. Some cholesterol tests require no preparation, while others require patients to consume nothing but water for a period of time beforehand. If you’re nervous about needles, tell the technician. He or she will have experience helping patients with anxiety get through a blood draw.

    Routine physical exams are always available at Paramount Urgent Care, and we can perform blood tests, including cholesterol checks. Our five walk-in clinics around the Orlando area are open seven days per week. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • What to Expect During Cholesterol Testing

    Your body’s cholesterol levels can play a critical role in your overall health, and monitoring these numbers can be important for preventing heart disease. For this reason, the American Heart Association advises all individuals over age 20 to have their cholesterol tested. Are you planning to head to an urgent care location to have your cholesterol checked? If so, then you may have questions about what to expect. Cholesterol testing typically involves a few different steps.

    First, you will be informed whether you should fast or avoid certain foods or medications before your test. When you visit the urgent care center, a blood sample will be taken, and this will be sent to a laboratory and analyzed. Later, you will receive the results which you can go over with your doctor.

    Paramount Urgent Care offers cholesterol testing and other health screenings at our walk-in clinics in Orlando, Oviedo, Lady Lake, and Clermont. For more information about our walk-in clinic locations or services, please call (407) 226-1906.