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"I healed more in three months than in the past ten years."

"The right tests showed the problem wasn't in my head."


What is cholesterol testing?
Cholesterol testing is a blood test measuring various types of cholesterol in your blood (good cholesterol and bad cholesterol).

Who should have a cholesterol test?
High cholesterol affects Men & Women, and not just those of us who are older. If any of the following applies to you, you should to have a cholesterol test.

1) A personal or family history of high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, heart attack atherosclerosis, heart disease or diabetes

2) Monitoring cholesterol-lowering natural or drug treatments

3) Cigarette smoking

3) All men older than the age of 45, and women older than age 55

4) “Standard American Diet” or a diet high in saturated fat and low in fiber.

5) Overweight or obese

How should I prepare for my test?
You will be asked to come to your appointment fasting. This means no food or drinks (except for water) for 8-10 hours before your appointment. You will then have blood drawn, which will be tested in the lab.

When will I get the results for my cholesterol test?
If you had a cholesterol blood test at your physical, your results will be sent to you within a week, after your doctor has reviewed them. If your appointment is solely to address your cholesterol, the results will be ready in as little as 5 minutes. Your doctor can review the results with you during your appointment.

If my test shows that I have high cholesterol, what comes next?

Talk to us about treatment options. These might include lifestyle changes, exercise, natural medicines, and/or appropriate drug therapy.

When is repeat testing recommended?
If your cholesterol is normal but you are at risk for heart disease, you should have a cholesterol test yearly at your annual physical. If your cholesterol is abnormal, you should have a repeat test in 1-6 months depending on how you are responding to treatment. We will let you know when it’s time for your next test.

To schedule a visit for a cholesterol test, or for more information call 360 651 WELL

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