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Old 01-30-14, 10:23 PM   #1
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Tracking Cholesterol 'progress'

The recent thread, cholesterol-what-worked-for-you, made me wonder: How easy is it for you to get your cholesterol and other cardiovascular health markers tested? Easy, as in cash outlays, number of visits to the doc, time off, etc.
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Old 01-31-14, 10:25 AM   #2
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Mine is pretty easy. My cardiologist and my gp order the blood work every 6 months. My gp has a facility for drawing blood so I just stop in. I have to do it fasting and it makes me about half an hour late for work. The hard part is getting my docs to mail me a copy of the results.
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The recent thread, cholesterol-what-worked-for-you, made me wonder: How easy is it for you to get your cholesterol and other cardiovascular health markers tested? Easy, as in cash outlays, number of visits to the doc, time off, etc.
http://www.healthcheckusa.com/heart-...try-heart.aspx

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Old 01-31-14, 08:49 PM   #4
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Until recently, I was able to get a FREE! total cholesterol test every time I donated blood - about 4 times a year. Indiana Blood Center recently stopped offering the test, in order to cut costs. Still get a FREE! hemoglobin before the donation.
My employer offers a lipid panel as part of a FREE! yearly health evaluation that also includes a A1C to evaluate glucose control. The lipid panel provides more useful information than a total cholesterol.
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Old 01-31-14, 10:04 PM   #5
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I have blood drawn and checked once a year at Kaiser Permanente. Then they email me the results. Pretty easy, really.

I found that I get better results across all the tested elements if I go there well rested, i.e. not after a difficult ride.

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Many drug stores now have walk-in clinics where you can have a qualified nurse draw blood and send it off to the lab. Cost is very nominal (compared to anything medical).

Otherwise if you're willing to cut your own finger and squeeze out a few drops of blood, you can use an at home cholesterol checking kit. Cost is $30.00 for the kit which has two tests, one for total cholesterol, and one for HDLP. (I get LDLP by subtracting).

If a doctor has you on drugs, like statins, he'll set a schedule for monitoring, with more frequent testing early on, and longer intervals when things are stable.
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I have it checked (along with routine blood work) once every year or two when I decide to go in for physical. I stop at the lab after visiting the doctor and the results are available on-line in a day or two. It's probably a bit of waste to check cholesterol for me as it doesn't seem to change much.
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