U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines for a cholesterol test

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends testing for total and HDL cholesterol for the following people:1

  • Men ages 35 and older
  • Men between 20 and 35 years old who have risk factors for heart disease
  • Women ages 20 and older who have risk factors for heart disease

Citations

  1. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2008). Screening for lipid disorders in adults. Available online: http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstf08/lipid/lipidrs.htm.

Last Updated: August 13, 2009

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