What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made in the liver and found in the fats in your blood. The body needs some cholesterol in order to function properly, but too much cholesterol can increase a person's risk of developing heart disease. Having high cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to develop in your blood vessels and eventually these deposits can make it difficult for blood to flow through the arteries. Decreased blood flow to the heart can increase your risk for a heart attack, while decreased blood flow to the brain can increase your risk for a stroke.
High cholesterol can be caused by factors within your control like obesity, lack of physical activity and an unhealthy diet; or by factors beyond your control like gender, age, and family history. High cholesterol has no symptoms and is only detectible through blood tests.
What is cholesterol screening & counseling?
Cholesterol screening & counseling is a service designed to measure a patient's cholesterol levels and screen for other heart health conditions. For most accurate results, it is recommended that patients fast for 9-12 hours before testing. During this visit, we will record the patient's age, height, weight and waist circumference, as well as medical, family, and social history information. After this, a blood test will be performed by obtaining a small blood sample from the patient's finger to measure cholesterol and screen for other heart health conditions.
Based on the results of these screenings we will counsel the patient on their risk factors and recommend lifestyle changes to help the patient lead a healthier life. Further testing and evaluation may be required. High cholesterol can be monitored and managed at Healthcare Clinic, or you may be referred to a primary care provider for further care.
Learn more about Healthcare Clinic high cholesterol monitoring and management.
Who is cholesterol screening & counseling recommended for?
This service is recommended for patients interested in better understanding their health so they can take steps to lead a healthier life. Patients receiving this service are encouraged to share their results with their primary care provider.
This service is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients ages 18 and older.
Walk in or schedule an appointment at the Healthcare Clinic nearest you.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
* Patient care services provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned professional corporation whose licensed healthcare professionals are not employed by or agents of Walgreen Co. or its subsidiaries, including Take Care Health Systems, LLC.