My family has a history of heart disease caused by cholesterol imbalance. Our bodies produce much more HDL than LDL, consequently every male in my fathers line for the past five generations has had a heart attack between the ages of 39 and 41 like clockwork.
I'm attempting to be the first in my family to live through those dreaded years without suffering a heart attack; I emphasize cardio exercise and try to limit myself to red meat only once a week, using mostly chicken and turkey in my meals that need meat.
I'd like to get my cholesterol levels checked but I do not have insurance. How would I go about getting it checked in the Student Health Center? I do not have insurance and therefore also need to know the cost of getting it checked.
You may have your family's cholesterol issues backwards --HDL is high density lipoprotein (healthy cholesterol) and LDL is the low density lipoprotein which can be an indicator of higher risk of atherosclerosis.We can do a full fasting lipid panel at the health center with total cholesterol, the LDL and HDL components as well as triglycerides. The cost is $25, applied to your student account and results are available the same day. You can schedule this by calling 650-3400 and asking for a same day appointment, preferably first thing in the day, to have a fasting lipid panel done to assess your cardiac risk factors.