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41 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HYPERTENSION AND HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA - 2008

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  • Blood lipid levels should be tested after an overnight fast (12-14 hours). Otherwise triglycerides levels will rise.
  • The first measurement should be performed at the age of 30 for men and 40 for women.
  • Exceptions to the above rule are subjects with diabetes mellitus, a positive family history of cardiovascular events (with a father or brother who had an incident before the age of 50, or a mother or sister before the age of 60), positive family history for familial hypercholesterolemia, or subjects at risk from other cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, hypertension etc. These subjects should have their blood lipid levels measured at a younger age.
  • The blood test should include a measurement of total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • In subjects with normal lipid values, repeated tests are recommended every 5 years. Subjects with borderline values should be rechecked at shorter intervals. However, subjects with perfectly normal values and without any other cardiovascular risk factor should be retested, but not necessarily at five year intervals. In cases of high values, an earlier follow-up with the physician is strongly recommended.

WRITING GROUP
G. Stergiou, Chairman
A. Achimastos
E. Andreadis
I. Avramopoulos
M. Elissaf
N. Karatzas
T. Mountokalakis
D. Papadogiannis
K. Siamopoulos
E. Varsamis
K. Vemmos
D. Vlahakos