Most people who experience a heart attack outside of a hospital setting are struck by it in their homes, according to the American Heart Association. People with coronary heart disease are at a high risk for this type of event, and getting your cholesterol checked regularly can help to determine whether you are one of them.
Adults should start getting their cholesterol levels checked when they are 20. If the results are in the normal range (total cholesterol under 200 mg/dl), then the test can be repeated at five year intervals. If the test results show a problem, then doctors can suggest ways to lower the levels to a healthier level.
When making changes to the patient’s diet and increasing physical activity aren’t effective at controlling the cholesterol levels, then the doctor can consider prescribing medications to bring the levels down.