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  • I'm worried that I might have high cholesterol.
  • I have high cholesterol, and this is a checkup.
  • I have high cholesterol, and I'm sick or having problems.

I'm worried that I might have high cholesterol.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on September 04, 2019

  1. Should I have my cholesterol tested?
  2. Do I need to fast for the test?
  3. What do the tests measure?
  4. Why is it important to know my cholesterol levels?
  5. Should I be tested for other risk factors for heart disease?
  6. What can I do on my own to prevent heart disease?

I have high cholesterol, and this is a checkup.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on September 04, 2019

  1. What do my HDL, LDL, and triglyceride numbers mean?
  2. How long will it take to improve my cholesterol numbers with diet and exercise?
  3. Should I talk to a nutritionist about the best diet to follow?
  4. Should I consider taking a medication to lower cholesterol?
  5. How often should I have my cholesterol levels tested?

I have high cholesterol, and I'm sick or having problems.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on September 04, 2019

  1. Are my cholesterol levels still a problem?
  2. Are my symptoms a sign that high cholesterol is causing complications?
  3. Should I have additional tests done?
  4. Could my new problems be side effects of cholesterol medication?
  5. Should I consider switching to a different medication?