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When should I start checking my cholesterol level

Men aged 35 and older and women aged 45 and older should have their cholesterol checked periodically. Depending on what your cholesterol level is and what other risk factors for heart disease you have you may need to have it checked more often.

Risk factors for heart disease

Having already had a heart attack
Being a man 45 years of age or older
Having a father or brother who had heart disease before he was 55
Being a woman who is going through menopause or has completed menopause
Having a mother or sister who had heart disease before she was 65
Smoking cigarettes
Having high blood pressure or diabetes
Being very overweight
Being inactive
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