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Why Cholesterol Testing is Important

Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the U.S. More than 1,000 people die from heart disease in Bernalillo County each year. High cholesterol and heart disease affect everyone, no matter your race, gender or ethnic background.

Your risk of heart disease and heart attack depends a lot on your cholesterol level. The higher your LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, the greater your risk. There are no signs or symptoms of high cholesterol. Many people don't know their cholesterol is too high.

You need regular check-ups if you have heart disease or any heart disease risk factors. Your check-ups should include:

  • Blood pressure check
  • LDL blood test

Talk with your provider about medicines, heart-healthy habits and which tests are right for you.


The information on this page was compiled by the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American Diabetes Association. This information summarizes core care elements appropriate to adults with this condition. This information should not be construed as representing standards of care nor as a substitute for individualized evaluation and treatment on clinical circumstances by a qualified health care professional. Please see our disclaimer.

For more information about this complex health issue, please see the Cholesterol Links page for resources and information sources.

An initiative of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with additional funding provided by HealthInsight New Mexico