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ATP IIIAdult Treatment Panel III. A brief overview of the National Cholesterol Education Program’s (NCEP) updated clinical guidelines for detecting, evaluating, and treating high cholesterol in adults.
Summary ATP III recommends that all adults above age 20 should get a fasting baseline lipoprotein profile every 5 years.
Rationale The profile is a parameter which, like diabetes, hypertension and other “traditional” heart disease risk factors, serves as a basis for determining the intensity of risk-reducing interventions.