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Experts recommend cholesterol testing to improve heart health

Category: Heart Health and Cholesterol

Due to the fact that individuals are experiencing heart problems in greater numbers than ever before, many healthcare experts are recommending that more people who may have certain risk factors that contribute to heart disease seek cholesterol testing.

Cholesterol plays many roles in the body, but when it is present in excessively high levels, it can cause serious problems. Doctors often utilize cholesterol testing to measure heart health because problems can be avoided since it is a major contributor to heart disease. However, if high levels are detected early enough, problems can be avoided.

"People don't die from elevated cholesterol levels, but rather the effects, like blockage in arteries and hearts, which can lead to a stroke or heart attack," Dr Jonathan Fong of the Venice-Ocala Heart Institute in Venice, Florida told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

He added that meal proportions have grown significantly in recent years, contributing to the consumption of excess calories and higher cholesterol levels. However, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend limiting portion sizes to avoid overeating.

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