Today’s Cholesterol Analysis December 05 2014

High Cholesterol is a problem that plagues a high percentage of American adults today. [1] According to the CDC, 33.5% of American adults have high bad cholesterol, and only 1/2 of those affected will ever seek treatment. Furthermore, only 1/3 of those with high cholesterol have the condition under control.  Those facts are disheartening especially when you consider that, [1] according to the CDC, people with high total cholesterol have approximately twice the normal risk of heart disease.  But don’t worry, there is some good news!  [2] From 1999-2010, the overall percentage of Americans with high total cholesterol levels dropped by 5%. Over roughly that same time period, the percentage of people getting treated for their high bad cholesterol increased by 20%. This seems to signal a rise in awareness of the problem of high cholesterol, and perhaps an increase in ease and accuracy of testing. Getting tested for high cholesterol is definitely important, because high cholesterol usually doesn’t manifest physical symptoms until it is too late!

Cholesterol testing is accomplished by means of a relatively simple blood test. This test is called a lipid profile or lipid panel, and it measures the amount of fat and cholesterol in a sample of your blood. Results usually are relayed back to the test prescribing medical professional is as little as 24 hours, but can sometimes take longer.  Many patients needing a cholesterol test need to visit an alternate site lab to perform the test, wait for 24 hours or longer for the results and revisit to the prescribing physician’s office to review the results.  Too bad that there is not an easier way to get immediate results during the initial visit. 

Guess what?  There is a way!  Introducing the Alere Cholestech LDX Cholesterol Analyzer…the next generation of cholesterol analysis testing.  The system features an astounding 5 minute testing time and lab-accurate results.  The Cholestech LDX meets all relevant National Cholesterol Education Program guide lines, is certified by the CDC’s Cholesterol Reference Method Laboratory Network, and is CLIA waived. It is fast and easy to administer, with a simple 3-step testing procedure. Most of all, it allows patients to be at ease, and physicians to more immediately treat patients. It is a great addition to the modern medical office.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

[1] CDC. Vital signs: prevalence, treatment, and control of high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. United States, 1999–2002 and 2005–2008. MMWR. 2011;60(4):109–14.

[2] Carroll, MD, Kit, BK, Lacher, DA. Total and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in adults, 2009–2010. NCHS data brief no. 92. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2012