Community Engagement

Check your levels with a cholesterol test

Knowing your cholesterol levels is important for protecting your health. High cholesterol in your blood can result in plaque forming along the inner walls of your blood vessels. Plaque can cause a number of health problems, including artery damage, decreased circulation and an increased risk of blood clots.

A cholesterol test lets you know the state of your cholesterol levels. It measures the level of fats (lipids) in your blood. Having healthy cholesterol levels can lower your risk of heart disease, such as heart attack, and stroke. That’s why Goshen Health Community Engagement provides opportunities for a cholesterol test. We want to protect your well-being and prevent the development of a serious condition.

Ask your primary care provider about a cholesterol test. You can also learn more about getting a fasting lipid profile by calling (574) 364-2496.

What to expect from a cholesterol screening

Community Engagement cholesterol screenings involve drawing blood through a finger stick. Fasting lipid profiles require that you complete a 12-hour fast, meaning not eating and drinking only water for 12 hours. That way, your cholesterol test results reveal the levels for several components, including:

  • Total cholesterol
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • Blood sugar levels

Nonfasting cholesterol tests only include total cholesterol, HDL and blood sugar levels

Understanding your cholesterol test results

Compare your results to these healthy cholesterol levels (optimal values for persons with certain medical conditions may differ):

  • Total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter of blood)
  • LDL cholesterol less than 100 mg/dL
  • HDL cholesterol greater than 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women
  • Triglycerides less than 150 mg/dL

Talk to your primary care provider about your test results. If your numbers aren’t at healthy levels, he or she may recommend lifestyle changes or medications. Don’t have a primary care provider? Call (877) 566-4660.

Goshen Health Community Engagement provides a wide range of resources to support the health of our community. Let us know how we can meet your needs.