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When a loved-one postcard in conjunction with a personalized letter/pamphlet was examined, of the 457 men who received a personalized letter/pamphlet followed by a loved-one postcard and whose provider did not receive a chart sticker, 15.5 percent (71/459) received a cholesterol screening
as compared to 8.3 percent (28/337) of the group that received no follow-up loved-one postcard.
Q: Should physicians routinely incorporate CRP testing along with cholesterol screening
to monitor the overall risk profile of their patients?
Total serum cholesterol screening
was done in a laboratory room assigned by the school.
It suggests that cholesterol screening
confers benefits primarily on people with a high short-term risk of dying from heart disease-survivors of a heart attack and middle-aged men with multiple risk factors.
Faculty and staff members were offered the opportunity to have free cholesterol screening
, requiring only a fingerstick blood sample.
Limitations to the analysis include the self-reported information on cholesterol screening
, awareness, treatment rates, and the lack of information concerning statin dosages.
Researchers are hoping that changing cholesterol screening
guidelines that call for cholesterol monitoring of children may help lead to earlier interventions with cholesterol-lowering therapies.
Zilinski, M.D., at Massachusetts General Hospital, and lead investigator of the study, prior to beginning the training program, participants underwent a full medical evaluation that included cardiopulmonary exercise stress testing, heart imaging studies and cholesterol screening
. Just over half of study participants (24 of 45) had at least one cardiovascular risk factor including high cholesterol, high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease.
State-level estimates of self-reported cholesterol screening
and high blood cholesterol prevalence are available using Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data.
Breast cancer and cholesterol screening
were the most widely used services.
"If confirmed in other research, physicians may be able to decrease the burden of childhood cholesterol screening
by not requiring prescreening fasting," she said.