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Question: How should you screen for lipid disorders?


Current recommendations for screening and treatment are based on the National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines that were last revised in 2001. It is recommended that adults 20 years or older have a screening fasting lipid profile obtained every 5 years (more often if they are at high risk). Treatment is based on determining the patient’s LDL cholesterol (LDL-c) goal. This goal is modified by cardiovascular risk factors (independent of LDL levels). 

Reference: Basa ALP, Afsharkharaghan H (Zollo A, ed): Endocrinology in Medical Secrets, 3rd ed. 2001.


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