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Get Your Cholesterol Checked 


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Find out what your cholesterol levels are. If your cholesterol is high, you can take steps to manage it.

Make an appointment to get your cholesterol checked.
Call your doctor’s office or health center. Schedule a time to get a blood test. Be sure to ask for a complete lipid profile.

Remember not to eat or drink anything (except water or sugar-free drinks) for 9 to 12 hours before the test.

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What about cost?
Cholesterol testing is covered under the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get your cholesterol checked at no cost to you.

  • Check with your insurance provider to find out about your coverage for cholesterol testing. Ask about the Affordable Care Act.
  • You can still get your cholesterol checked even if you don’t have insurance. To learn more, find a health center near you.

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